Established in 1988 as the official performing group of the Halili-Cruz School of Ballet (HSCB), the Halili-Cruz Dance Company (HCDC) was named after the city it calls home. The HCDC has a three-fold objective: to provide a venue with aspiring artists can hone their craft; to popularize the art of ballet among Filipinos; and to develop and foster professionalism among its members.
Being a closely-knit group of artists, the HCDC gives young performers an avenue to develop confidence onstage while teaching them the correct techniques to enhance their abilities. The HCDC has showcased performances including Swan Lake, La Bayadere, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Raymonda, Paquita, Nutcracker, and Les Sylphides, among other classical greats.
While the HCDC is dedicated to preserving the richness of ballet, it also strives to create new pieces and has performed all original ensembles including as Bayan Ko, Filipino Suite, Ethnic Percussions, Padayaw, An Offering, Anak, Baba’l, OPM Medley, and Dalagang Filipina.
The HCDC invites ballet masters, educators, and choreographers across the country and all over the globe to conduct regular and master classes in various dance forms, and have already invited ballet masters in the likes of Sergei Bykov, Anatoli Panasuikov, William Morgan, Miro Zolan, Becky Rodriguez, Manny Molina, Tony Fabella, Lisa Macuja, Alfred Rodriguez, Young Chul Moo, Soo In Chin, Christine Walsh, Megan Conelly, Wang Ding Fei, Natasha Vyskubenko, Lee Lee Lan, Edna Vida, and Nonoy Froilan. The group’s principal dancers and soloists also attend The Ballet Study Tour to Hong Kong, the Australian Conservatoire of Dance in Australia, the Summer School of Excellence at the American Academy of Ballet in New York, and the Singapore Summer School. The HCDC also welcomes guest artists to partner with its principal dancers, and has likewise performed with renowned ballet groups that include the National Ballet of Korea, Ballet Philippines, Chameleon Dance Company, and the Philippine Ballet Theater.
The HCDC prides itself to be the first local dance company outside the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) to receive the Dance Venue Grant that recognizes outstanding performances and a formidable array of talents. To date, the group has had six performances under the grant which all received excellent reviews locally and internationally. One of these performances was even staged alongside the National Ballet Company of Korea.
The HCDC stages ballet concerts regularly and also holds outreach programs by performing during the Concert at the Park at the Rizal Park, Quezon City Memorial Circle, Intramuros, Nayong Pilipino, among others. They have also performed all over the Philippines through Sayaw Pinoy and Dance Exchange. They have also been part of various national and international dance festivals like the International Dance Festival, Lecture-Dance Demo in La Salle SIA and St. Anthony’s School in Singapore, the Performance Awards Programs in New York, The 21st Century International Arts Festival in Malaysia, The Ansan Arts Festival in South Korea, Asian Arts Festival in China, Dance Excellence in Los Angeles, Love To Dance in England and Dances Above Elbrus in Russia among others. The HCDC is also an Aliw Awards Hall of Famer as the Best Classical Ballet Company of the Philippines.
Collectively, these experiences accentuate the mobility and talent of these young artists as they continue to hone their skills under the mentorship of Shirley Halili Cruz. The HCDC is testament that ballet is a beautiful way of relaxing and truly reinventing yourself.