When asked what he wanted to be when he grows up, Mano Amiga Grade 2 student Joshua Dave Waras answered without missing a beat,"I want to be a pilot so I can go to France." Expecting to hear a more commonly known country like USA, the teacher asked him why he chose France of all the possible countries. Joshua Dave replied with a big smile, "Because I learned the French folk dance for the ballet recital."
Joshua Dave, along with fellow Grade 2 students Jazailah Cababat and Camille Rosales, received a dance scholarship to participate in Dance Basics' 2011 Summer Recital. Entitled "Around the World", the recital featured dances from different countries: Spain, Japan, India, Ireland, Africa, Morocco and the Philippines. Also showcased are dances that originated from the founding countries of ballet: Italy, France, Russia and the United States of America. Apart from the three Mano Amiga scholars, 48 other students joined the recital.
The Dance Basics teachers chose the three students after seeing the children's potential during the free ballet classes being held bi-monthly in Mano Amiga Academy. The vision of Dance Basics is to create a venue for young dancers to learn the fundamentals of Ballet, share the love of dance and cultivate appreciation for music and culture. They partnered with Mano Amiga because they wanted to extend the same opportunity to underprivileged children.
The Dance Basics team hopes to keep training promising students from the community with the hope that it will broaden their horizons, and open educational and career opportunities for them. Learn more about Dance Basics at http://dancebasics.wordpress.com/