As most of you already know, RHF is one of the few ballet institutes in Mumbai offering training in Classical Ballet for children aged 5 & up. We’re also the ONLY institute in the city to be affiliated to an International Ballet Company, Ballet Manila from the Philippines. Our association with them has given our students opportunities they would not get elsewhere. For two years in a row, deserving ballet students from RHF have been receiving scholarships to undergo two months of intensive training at Ballet Manila from highly trained and experienced teachers. And this year, this association has taken even more fruitful turn.
Since August, RHF has been privileged to host Czarina Villegas, a senior company dancer & teacher from Ballet Manila for a period of six months. Under her guidance and expertise our students have been receiving advanced training in technique, posture, flexibility, body conditioning & musicality. All of this effort will now culminate in a ballet recital of Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet – ‘The Nutcracker’ staged by our students as part of our annual dance recital ‘Dancing Dreams’ on Saturday, 9th Dec at IES Auditorium in Bandra.
While the annual recital has been a time of great excitement and immense learning for our students, what makes this year’s Dancing Dreams even more special is the presence of not just one but THREE senior company artists from Ballet Manila: Czarina Villegas, Joan Emery Sia & Elpidio Magat.
Each of these artists has extensive years of training & performance behind them and a number of accolades & awards in their name. They’ve performed all over the world, and for them to perform on stage with RHF students is truly a humbling experience for us – and something few other dance institutes in Mumbai can boast of.
Speaking of boasting, another extremely proud moment for us this year is the acceptance of our Co-Founder, Deepika Ravindran as a company member of Ballet Manila. Earlier in June this year, Deepika signed a year-long contract with Ballet Manila and is currently training, performing & residing in their campus. While her presence here is terribly missed, we are so proud of her for achieving this rare feat. Deepika now stands amongst the very, very few Indian dancers who’ve made it to an international dance company – and she’s probably also the only India-trained ballet dancer to do this.
While Indian dance forms receive widespread acclaim and appreciation not just in India but all over the world, we are still a few paces behind when it comes to understanding and acceptance of Ballet. This beautiful dance form, which is indeed the foundation of almost all western dance styles deserves much more exposure in India and we at RHF are fully committed to this purpose. It is our dream to see in the near future an Indian Ballet Company that can rival any of those in the western countries.
Dancing Dreams goes on stage this Saturday, and we would love for you to come, watch and cheer us.
Rhythmus HappyFeet offers classes in ballet (among others) 3 to 5 times a week. The classes are intensive and the curriculum is offered in the Vaganova method.
The classes run at Khar West, Juhu, Powai and Kandivali.
RHF aims to provide quality ballet education in the Vaganova Method and the opportunity to excel in the field of dance. We also offer professional coaching & guidance to aspiring dance professionals.
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