Julie Borromeo is considered one of the pillars of the Philippine dance scene. Her choreographic works, visionary leadership and pioneering spirit in various artistic projects, has earned her this distinction.
In 1957, she founded her school Dance Arts Studio. With the school and her own company, she brought about the renaissance of dance in the Philippines, conquering local television all the while introducing modern jazz technique.
Before all that teaching, choreographing and, inspiring- Julie was a student. She began her classical ballet training with Richard Cassell, as the youngest member of Cassell’s Studio Dance Group. She later studied and performed with, Anita Kane’s Classical Ballet School where she earned a dance scholarship. Through this grant, she was able to train in New York under Vladimir Dukoudovsky, Nina Stroganova, Lisan Kaye, Frank Wagner and, Matt Mattox.
In 1978, together with Tita Radaic and Eddie Elejar, she founded Dance Theatre Philippines. In addition to being one of the founders, she also served as their first president. 1971 marked Julie’s triumph in having been awarded a scholarship grant by the Asia Foundation. With this endowment, she was able to travel to the United States. There, she studied Classical Ballet under Robet Joffrey, modern dance under Martha Graham, Modern Jazz under Luigi and Musical Theatre under Herbert Bergott and Uta Hagen.
Equally famous in the world of choreography as in teaching, her works have received great recognition. Her vast choreographic range includes classical, modern jazz to stylized ethnic dance. Borromeo was the very first to conceive and choreograph the first Filipino three-act ballet. “Mir-I-Nisa”, the brainchild of Julie Borromeo, Tita Radaic and Eliseo Pajaro, was a smash premiering in the inauguration of the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 1969. Other major works by Borromeo include, “Babae at Lalake” (1968) – a Filipino stylized classical ballet based on the legend of Creation, “Zagalas De Manila” (1968) – a one-act classical ballet which had been toured by Dance Theatre Philippines in the United Kingdom, “Kalingan” 1968 – a one-act ballet depicting an Igorot tribal tragedy, “Bamboo Fantasy” (1976) – a jazz-ballet fusion piece, “Philippine Revue” (1986) a Vegas type revue stylized song and dance piece portraying the evolution of the Philippines from the creation to the EDSA Revolution.
Borromeo also ventured into Broadway productions during the 70’s. She has produced, choreographed and, starred in numerous musical productions such as “Man of La Mancha”, “Sweet Charity”, “The Fantasticks” and “Promises”. She scored another first when she choreographed the very first Filipino Rock Opera, “Mahal”, staged in CCP in 1974.
She is one of the founders and Artistic Council member of the Philippine Ballet Theatre, a seasonal resident dance company of the CCP, and president of the Alliance of Committed Artists of the Philippines (ACAPP).
As a teacher, Rose has over 40 years of experience under her belt, 26 of which have been in Singapore. She has an extensive background in various dance forms, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Spanish Dance. In the Philippines, she has choreographed or performed in numerous Broadway musicals like “A Chorus Line”, “Hello Dolly”, “Mame”, “The Fantasticks”, “The Wiz”, “Promises”, “I Do, I Do”, “Fiddler On the Roof”, “Man of LA Mancha”, and “Flower Drum Song”. Her varied experience as a dancer and choreographer also includes TV Musicals and the movies, one of which won a FAMAS Award.
From the age of 17, Rose became the professional Spanish Dance partner of Maestro Ruben Nieto and performed in numerous television and stage concerts, the highlights of which was a concert which featured her and her Maestro at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and later for her role as “Carmen”.
Rose was trained in New York at Ballet Arts at Carnegie Hall; the International Dance School; and June Taylor’s Dance Academy. She also took up Jazz under the renowned jazz masters: Luigi and Ronnie Farella, Tap dance under the New York based Jerry Ames, Judy Bassing and Robert Audy and Spanish Dance in Madrid under famed La Quica and in New York under Manolo Rivera, Amelia Gilmore and in Manila from her many years, under Maestro Ruben Nieto.
Rose introduced the Al Gilbert Tap Syllabus in the Philippines, and taught this system of training in JBPAF (Dance Arts Studio) since the 70’s. Most, if not all filipinos who learned tap in the Philippines, learned this dance form as JBPAF students. They have branched out to different dance schools, and continue to teach this tap system today.
In Singapore, Rose opened her own studio, Dance Circle Studios in 1997, where she pioneered the instruction of Spanish Dance. In 2000, Rose introduced the Spanish Dance Institute Syllabus in her school. Authored by internationally famed artiste, Deanna Blacher. This structured syllabus enables a non-dancer to learn all the different styles of Spanish dances from the folkloric to Escuela Bolera, and classical Spanish Ballet and finally to the most famous style, flamenco.
With a wealth of experience in various dance and theatrical forms under her belt, working and training with her sister Julie, as well as teaching and choreographing in Singapore for 30 years, Rose now in her senior years, has focused on Spanish dance with occasional musical theater work. Her recent being with Repertory Philippines’ production of “STEPPING OUT, THE MUSICAL”, and JBPAF’s original production of GUADALUPE THE MUSICAL at the Meralco Theatre.
IN 2012 she was decorated by the King of Spain with the medal of LA CRUZ DE LA ORDEN DE ISABELLA LA CATOLICA for her achievements in the line of pioneering and promoting Spanish dance arts and culture in the Philippines, Singapore and Malaysia.
Rose has now solely dedicated to developing an interest in Spanish Dance to the young to ensure a future generation of enthusiasts and practitioners and the young at heart for Spanish dance arts appreciation and health and fitness.
Maricar has a long list of credits to her name. garnering standing ovations and encores, performing lead for Repertory Philippines, Vicor Recording, Main attraction (Aliw Award Nominee for most Promising Showband), Regal Films and of course her mother’s Julie Borromeo’s Dance Company among others, here and abroad such as the USA, Singapore, South Korea and more. To put it in a nutshell, she has a lifetime experience in the English Theater Arts, specifically as a teacher for acting, singing, and dancing (Ballet, Jazz and Tap), also as a lead performer on stage, television, the movies, as a recording artist, and as a director and writer of original English musical plays.
Among some of the Lead roles she performed are: as Carmen in Full length Ballet CARMEN; for Repertory Philippines: as Dorothy, the Wicked witch, Glinda the Good Fairy in THE WIZARD OF OZ musical , 2nd Lead for THE BOYFRIEND ( a Tap Musical Play which she Choreographed); For Regal Films: as Corito for JUST SAY YOU LOVE ME; For Sharon Cuneta’s TV a Musical Series: as Maricar for OK SHA ; as Luisa in the Musical FANTASTIKS.
After she has extensively trained in, ballet and theater, and becoming a professor for STAAGING and MUSICAL THEATER ACTING in De La Salle’s St. Benilde University and OB Montessori College. She later developed a syllabus to train ballet technique, to incorporate singing, dancing, and acting for aspiring musical theater thespians /Triple Threats, called Singin’ Lessons Using- Ballet Stretches ( Silu-BS) Syllabus.
She also directed and has written for musical theater plays, concerts, events, and
choreographed dance and music concerts and showcases. And is Associate Director and Teacher for JBPAF.
First and foremost a student of her mother, Julie Borromeo, an institution and acclaimed pillar of dance and musical theater in the Philippines, Anamarie trained in classical and modern ballet, jazz, tap, voice, and musical theater in Manila, London, and the United States. She also trained in international ballroom, and received honors in the Bronze Latin Category under Australia’s Commonwealth Society of Teachers in Dance.
In the dance and theater circles, Anamarie taught ballet, jazz, and tap. She conducted workshops for professional choreographers and teachers locally and internationally. She became a principal dancer for the Julie Borromeo Dance Company, a guest artist for Ballet Philippines’ production of “Peter Pan”, and a guest choreographer for dance companies. She worked as an actress, dance master, and choreographer for stage musicals, with the likes of Repertory Philippines, Trumpets, and Top Productions, with lead roles in musicals such as “The Wiz” and “First Name”.
In the music, showbiz, and athletic scene, she became a recording artist for Vicor Music Corporation, a lead actress in a movie, a dance master, choreographer, and talent for television shows, commercial ads, concerts, dance and athletic competitions in the Philippines and abroad. She also performed and choreographed for a TV special for CBN Studios in the United States.
Anamarie was endorsed by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. She has also served as Trade Testing Officer in dance for overseas performing artists for TESDA since 1994. Anamarie currently teaches tap and musical theater, engages in stage direction, events management, and choreography for various projects. She is an associate director, resident choreographer, faculty, and production manager for JBPAF’s yearly showcases.
Ron began his formal dance training at the age of thirteen in the Philippine High School for the Arts. With hard work and dedication to his craft, he graduated as the Most Outstanding Artist in Dance. He joined the Lab. Projekt. and thereafter, became a member of the U.P. Dance Company. He participated in the Bay Area Dance Series, Wudao Dance Festival, Baguio Arts festival and many other dance festivals around the globe.
In 1995, he joined Philippine Ballet Theatre to further hone his dancing. As a PBT company dancer, he was described by critics to be “an Artist with innate talents”, a “quick rising Noble Danseur”, “a bantam figure with an incredible ability and capacity in dance”, as well as an “intense, enigmatic and suave dancer”. He stayed and danced with the company for 15 years.
In 2009, he was appointed as the Artistic Director of PBT and started choreographing his own works for the company, such as Beatles Revisited, OPM, Serye at Sayaw, and his versions of the classics such as Carmen,La Fille Mal Gardee, Coppelia, and Le Corsaire.
As the company’s youngest Artistic Director, he continues to motivate the company to achieve artistic excellence in dance, and envisions to help bring the company to greater heights.
Angel was discovered by Señor Don Guillermo Gomez y Rivera, a stalwart in upholding Spanish Culture and Arts in the Philippines. And later, continued his dance journey under the tutelage of Dame Rose Borromeo in Singapore where he worked as a full time Flamenco and Spanish Dance Teacher and lecturer for almost twelve years. During his tenure in Singapore, Angel has extensively traveled to Spain to study in Granada, Sevilla, Jerez and Madrid to learn from the Masters. Upon his return to the Philippines, he has been actively seen with Grupo Nuevo Flamenco with Ms. Emma Estrada where he was invited to join their Asian Flamenco Tour. In July 2016, he participated in Yi-lan International Children’s Folklore and Folkgame Festival, considered the most prestigious International Folk event in Taiwan.
With a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from St. Paul University, Karen grew up in the world of theater arts. She started dancing at a young age of 4. She trained in different forms such as ballet, tap, jazz and flamenco (Primer Curso), under the tutelage of her Aunts Julie and Rose Borromeo, cousins Anamarie Quirino and Maricar Andrada, Ronilo Jaynario and the late Josephine Alviar.
She has received honors and commendations from Commonwealth Society of Teachers in Dance (CSTD). She competed in Singapore for Julie Borromeo’s Performing Arts to represent the Philippines. Since then, Karen has been a faculty member of Julie Borromeo’s Performing Arts. She taught Nursery Ballet, Children’s Jazz, and Tap. She is currently teaching tap levels 2 and 3, and helps with JBPAF’s productions for their annual summer dance showcases.
She quotes Martha Graham on dance: “Great dancers are not great because of their technique; they are great because of their passion. Dance is the hidden language of the soul.” And she quotes: “Life is the dancer and you are the dance. It’s a way of thanking our good Lord who gave us talent. LIVE, LAUGH, and DANCE!”.
Rofel was three when she began training as a scholar of Julie Borromeo’s Performing Arts. She studied ballet, jazz, tap, and flamenco under the tutelage of Julie Borromeo, Maricar Aragon, Anamarie Quirino, Therese Arcinas Jaynario, Abigail Tan, Lea Baduria, Josephine Alviar, and Philippine Ballet Theatre’s Artistic Director, Ronilo Jaynario.
Rofel earned a scholarship in Singapore to train under Rose Borromeo and Angel Gomez in Spanish Dancing at the Singapore Dance Circle Studios, JBPA’s sister studio. She was given honours and distinction for six levels. She has attended workshops and private lessons with professional dancers and choreographers from abroad such as the founder of Spanish Dance Institute in Australia Ms. Deanna Blachan, Spanish examiner Julia Lopez, and flamenco star, Manuel Betanzos from Spain.
After a fourteen-year scholarship with JBPAF, she joined Philippine Ballet Theatre, as company artist. She continued her ballet training under the Anatoli Panasyukov and Ronilo Jaynario. She has performed in Edna Vida-Froilan’s “Thatness, Thereness” and major productions as “Ang Pasaway”, “Mir-i-Nisa”, “Swan Lake”, “Carmina Burana and Other Ballets” and “The Nutcracker”, where she danced the Reed Flute trio and the Spanish Chocolate pas de deux. She also performed featured roles in “Romansa” (2010), “Romeo & Juliet”, “Cinderella”, “Coppelia”, “The King & I”, “Le Corsaire”, and “Andres Bonifacio”.
She joined the NAMCYA 2011 junior ballet competition at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and became a finalist, performing Paquita Ballerina variation for classical, and modern dance choreographed by Rolby Lacaba.
With all these accomplishments through hard work, Rofel persevered to continue to pay for her college education. She now holds a bachelor’s degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines in San Juan. She continues to teach and choreograph for Julie Borromeo’s Performing Arts, and gives back to the community by teaching classical ballet to underprivileged children in Santa Ana Manila, and in Las Piñas City.
Joy has been dancing for over eighteen years now. She began as a scholar with JBPAF at the age of 4. She trained in a multitude of disciplines namely: ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, flamenco, ballroom, and hip hop. Inspiring her to be the dancer and teacher today are her educators Ronilo Jaynario, Julie Borromeo, Anamarie Quirino, Maricar Andrada, Gigi Aragon, the late Josephine Alviar, Faye Abigail Tan, Lea Baduria, Jesus “Jake” Garcia, Raymond Anzures and Cathee Lee Roslovtsev.
She has also trained with Anatoly Panasyukov under Philippine Ballet Theatre with which she performed in various productions such as: The Nutcracker, Darangen ni Bantugen, and Swan Lake. Joy has been teaching since 2011.
Apart from handling jazz and ballet classes at JBPAF, Joy teaches elementary at the OB Montessori school in Greenhills, shortly after earning a degree in Education from the Philippine Normal University.
Shireen has been a student of JBPAF for nearly two decades. She credits her ballet training to Ronilo Jaynario and Julie Borromeo, as well as Cathee Lee- Roslovtsev, and Maricar Andrada. She also trained in jazz and tap under the tutelage of Anamarie Quirino, Jesus “Jake” Garcia, Gigi Aragon and the late Josephine Alviar. In 2007, she began working with Philippine Ballet Theatre (PBT), where she received additional training under Anatoly Panasyukov and remained until 2010 when she was honored with an aspirant position. In 2009, she was offered three full-scholarships for ballet, jazz and modern, under the Steps Scholarship Program. There, she studied under Raul Sauz, Rica Balagtas, James Laforteza, and Jun Saagundo. Also in 2009, she competed in the National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA) in the junior dance category. In 2017, Shireen graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in Diplomacy and International Relations. She is currently pursuing her Masters in European Studies while teaching grade school in Keys School Manila.
Raflesia “Chiarra” Bravo
A Theater Arts major graduate from, Centro Escolar University. Chiarra later became a scholar at Julie Borromeo’s Performing Arts Foundation, and became a faculty member for Hip Hop, Jazz and Ballet. She is also a teacher of Dance Drama in her alma mater, in TMA, Musical Teacher in Trumpets Playshop and, was a member of Daloy Dance Company.
As a professional singer, she was a member of Coro de Manila and the NAMCYA Champion 2004-2005 and Aliw Awardee for best Chorale group, the Ramon Magsaysay Chorale. As an Actor she has essayed leading roles such as Teresias in Tanghalang Ateneo’s “Break Away Antigone”, Diwata ng mga Sapatos in “Sandosenang Sapatos’ and Mare in “Kleptomaniacs: A Rap Musical”, both directed by Tuxqs Rutaquio for Tanghalang Pilipino, Mungan in “Agyu: Physical Theater directed by Delphine Buencamino, Aswang in “Ang Unang Aswang”, Luna in “Comedia de la Luna” both CEU’s Major Production. Recently she had the previlege to be part of the hit musical “Rak of Aegis” and back to back with a Rap Musical “3 Stars and a Sun: song by Francis Magalona” as Yaya Mona, both PETA shows. Other productions include Tanghalng Pilipino’s “San Andres B.”, PETA’s “Pamana”, 4th Wall Theater Company.
In 2015, she directed and choreographed Ateneo Blue Repertory’s major production of “In the Heights”. She also performed in Antwerp, Belgium for “COKE” a contemporary dance piece choreographed by Arco Renz under PETA and Kobalt Works that performed in Julidans Festival in Amsterdam in July 2016.
She made a performance comeback for “Rak of Aegis”, and was casted for the musical “Annie” in Resorts World Manila.
Today, she continues to be a part of countless more stage, movie and television productions, and continues to hone her craft in dance by training with Airdance, Julie Alagde of Powerdance, and Anamarie Quirino in JBPAF.
Aixia started at a very young age learning and performing for the arts. By 2011, she became a scholar at the School of Theater Arts and Dance under the tutelage of Maricar Aragon and at Julie Borromeo’s Performing Arts.
In 2013 she played the role of Luisa from the Broadway musical “The Fantasticks”, and Dorothy from the “The Wiz of Oz” produced by Julie Borromeo’s Performing Arts. She became part of Repertory Philippines’ productions of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, “Hansel and Gretel”, “Beauty and the Beast”,”Hair”, “Rapunzel, A Very Hairy Fairy Tale”, and “Miong”.
Aside from being a hip-hop choreographer, coach, and musical theater teacher, she recently formed a hip hop professional dance group called RSPCT, and co-choreographed for JBPAF’s recent production of an original filipino musical, “Guadalupe The Musical”, alongside Julie and Rose Borromeo.
At the age of 6, Joseph has been dancing tap, flamenco, ballet, and jazz under Anamarie Quirino, Rose Borromeo, Gigi Aragon, Angel Gomez, Ron Jaynario, Josephine Alviar, Rofel Artaiz, Joshua Mendoza, and Shireen Rosales.
He has been part of Philippine Ballet Theatre’s productions of The Nutcracker and Don Quixote. He is currently taking up architecture at the University of Santo Tomas, and teaches and choreographs for JBPA’s intermediate and advanced tap students.
A student of JBPAF for over 10 years, Sarah started her ballet training under the care of Therese Jaynario, and later on under Maricar Aragon, Joshua Mendoza, Shireen Rosales, Rofel Artaiz, Ron Jaynario and Julie Borromeo herself. She also trained under Rofel Artaiz and Shireen Rosales in Jazz, and under Anamarie Quirino in tap.
In 2014, she joined Philippine Ballet Theatre where she trained under Anatoly Panasyuvok and, has since performed in the company’s productions of “The Nutcracker” and “Don Quixote”.
She is currently a performer with Julie Borromeo’s Performing Arts Foundation in ballet and jazz, and teaches the Nursery Ballet class, and children’s jazz class. She continues as guest artist in Philippine Ballet Theatre’s productions at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and competes locally and internationally.