By Steve Angeles ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

April 11, 2013

LOS ANGELES – Over 800 dancers gathered for the week-long Dance Excellence Festival, one the largest dance conventions in the United States.
Among them is a group of 24 Filipina ballerinas from the award-winning Halili-Cruz School of Ballet.

They are one of the few dance groups to represent Asia.

“I am so happy because I learned so much here, and I am so inspired in my dancing,” said dancer Misha Vernas.

For one week, the students get to attend workshops, classes, and watch professional shows as they represent their Filipino style of ballet.

This year, two of them are part of the global showcase performance featuring representatives from each country.

“I feel very honored like I get to dance with other people from other countries and we all share one dream. And I’m just very happy and excited,” said Jackie Chua.
In the past eight years, the Quezon City based Halili-Cruz school has attended the global event four times.

Since 2000, the school has consistently been awarded as the Most Outstanding Ballet School in Asia. They say their trips to Dance Excellence have helped them improve their winning ways.

“Dance Excellence gives us the discipline, a lot of learning and we’re learning everything out of fun,” said Shirley Halili-Cruz, artistic director of Halili-Cruz School of Ballet.

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