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Rean here…

On May 27,2011, the whole family embarked on a life changing 7 day journey: our very first missions trip! At first it seemed like any other trip our travel seasoned family had in the past. However, as the days went on, it wonderful things happened. After traveling and coordination with our local contacts in HK, our family went for our very first prayer walk together as part of a team of dancers, teacher and parents from Acts Manila. God showed us things about the city that we should pray for. His revelation flow was so strong that it activated the prophetic in many of our team members. After that experience it was like we were wearing military rings because of God’s favor upon us.

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Rean here…

Summer has come once again and parents are scrambling to get their kids into new things.  Its the perfect time to get our little ones into ballet shoes.  Who know’s they could be the next Prima Ballerina or Premier Danseur?  This summer I offer lessons/workshops in my regular Laguna locations: Sta. Rosa, Binan and San Pedro.  In addition, I have an ongoing workshop at Mary Help of Christians School, Canlubang, Calamba, Laguna.  Schedules and addresses listed as follows:

Sta. Rosa, Laguna

Venue: 21st-22nd Bldg (blue bldg.) Rodeo Drive, Laguna BelAir 2.  Schedule: Wed,Fri 5-6pm  (until May 20)

Binan, Laguna

Venue: Alpha Angelicum Academy, Golden Meadows Subd., San Antonio. Schedule: Wed,Sat  1:30 – 2:30pm (until May 21)

San Pedro, Laguna

Venue: Jesus the Risen Savior School, Sampaguita Ave, Sampaguita Village, San Pedro. Schedule:   Tues 2:30-3:30pm, Sat 9-10am (until May 21)

Calamba, Laguna

Venue: Mary Help of  Christians School, Canlubang, Calamba. Schedule: Mon, Wed 9-10am.

You can reach me at (049)8316288, (0908)3020319, (0922)8108396. Please state which location you are interested in and the age of the child/person interested in ballet.

Check out: www.actsmanila.com

Rean here…

Acts  Manila ballet schools (www.actsmanila.com) are gearing up for our recital on May 25 at the CCP main theatre.  Directors and Teachers are working on choreographies while managing the payment of fees. We are also working on upcoming pictorials and school year culminating activities of our schools.   Sensa reviews are irrelevant at this point as the flurry of activities keep us in tip top shape.   Thankfully my 1st choreography for my Sta.Rosa, Binan and San Pedro schools are almost  done.  Now gearing up for pictorials this weekend.

Rean here…

Ever since I became a Christian, I had the desire to use my body to honor God through movement.  Even as I child, there was an inner beat within me that would surface in my movement as music was played.   As I came into the prophetic season of my life, the reality of God restoring the “fallen tent of David” came to prominence in my devotions.   In 1992, I had to opportunity to train under Chelo Borromeo Gemina and Chotto Borromeo Go for classical ballet.  These ladies also had a heart to use ballet to reach the world for Christ so I followed their lead.   While this art may be one the best fat burners, I was in it for the vision.   A couple of years later I quit ballet to pursue a career in industry.   I never dreamed that 15 years later, God would bring be back to ballet to teach kids this craft I love as well as disciple them to be lovers of God.  I am now an Artistic Associate for Chelo Borromeo Gemina’s Acts Manila.  You’ll find me teaching ballet at Laguna Bel Air 2, Alpha Angelicum School in Binan and Jesus the Risen Savior School San Pedro, all in Laguna. You can visit www.actsmanila.com for details.

Its summer in the Philippines and you have found a good place for your child to start training ballet ( or any other dance for that matter).  Have you ever thought about what you should be doing in preparation for the 1st class?  First order of business is to get your kid in the right attire.  Before the 1st class, you should ask the teacher about the attire.  In ACTS Manila ballet schools we have a prescribed uniform ( fuschia sleeveless leotard and a skirt of specified length ) so it would be a waste to buy something other than what is called for.  You should also ask about how the hair should be done.  Second item would be teacher’s gender. I’ve had some kids refuse to join my class because I was male! (As if they didn’t have any fathers!) If you know before hand that the teacher is of opposite gender to your child, you may want to prep the him/her.  Thirdly, be ready with food and water.  Kids can get really hungry and thirsty after class.  Fourth, make sure your child has gone to the bathroom prior to class.  Lastly, prepare for things that need to be paid for. Uniforms, tuition, registration, etc.  Don’t forget promotional items or coupons giving you discounts or free classes.

Ballet is a wonderful experience for little girls and boys.  They get to dance out fairy tales instead of just reading them. I wish you and your child the best in your ballet experience.  If you live in the Sta. Rosa, Laguna area, you can reach me at 09083020319 for ballet classes.  Mention this blog for a free class.

The weekend was quite busy for us.  It was the pictorial of ACTS Manila ballet schools.  While Saturday was not so bad as it only involved my wife, Sunday engaged all four of us.  We woke up very early to be at the pictorial site at 730am.  The shoot started around 830am, with my daughter’s ballet class. About an hour later, it was my son’s ballet class. At around 10:30am,  it was the turn of my students to be photographed.  The whole morning was practically a family affair.  After lunch, it was back to my wife’s monopoly of things to do.

Perhaps your kid is about to have look into that Canon camera in a ballet pictorial setting. Here are some practical tips:

  • 1.) Come early! – In a production pictorial setting, you have to put on a costume or wear special make up.  For this reason, call time is usually 1hr before the scheduled shoot.  By coming late, you run the risk of not wearing the costume properly or putting on the best make-up.   In some cases, you may even damage the costume.
  • 2.) Wear make-up before getting to the site. – If your circumstances permit and no special make-up is required, you should have your kid wear make-up before arriving at the photoshoot.  This way, you can focus on his/her costume.
  • 3.) Keep the kids busy. –  Do what you can to keep your kid preoccupied while sitting down.  Bring books or games that will keep him/her from running around and destroying his/her costume. Pictorials usually take long because of the number of kids to be shot, so you have to bring quite a number of books and games.
  • 4.) Bring food. – Because of the long wait time, bring along some snacks.  However, don’t let your kid eat brownies or other dark colored stuff unless you want his/her teeth to have stains.  You should also stay away from messy stuff like cream pies as they may spill on the costume.
  • 5.) Bring a good container for the costume. – Bring a container that keeps the costume from being damaged during transport or storage.
  • 6.) Practice your child’s smile. –  It’s interesting that we had to nag kids to smile. Have your child practice smiling the night before. It would even be better if you have a mock pictorial!

Hopefully this makes your pictorial experience more memorable in a positive way. Smile!