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It takes two to dance ballet

IF EXPERIENCE is the best teacher, then prima ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde is a straight A-student. For 32 years she danced lead in 350 full-length ballets and performed in 90 cities on five continents. Retired from dancing since 2017, the A-student took on the role of teacher early in her career, melding both theory and practice in her teaching style. Among her best students is Ballet Manila’s guest principal dancer, Katherine Elizabeth Barkman, who is the only ballet dancer to win back-to-back medals from two of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world.

The unlikely Swan Queen

After undergoing hip surgery, what’s next for Lisa Macuja-Elizalde? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgLiEBhvMSo WORDS  ZSARLENE B. CHUA | IMAGES  G-NIE ARAMBULO When does a ballerina hang up her pointe shoes for...