Lumipad showcases Broadway’s uniquely Filipino dance styles

It was a Filipino night of dance in New York City.

From modern, lyrical, jazz, to cultural dance styles, Broadway Narkada’s 5th production of Lumipad soared.

Organizers say Lumipad is their own way of showcasing Filipino talent.

“The fact that we can give a platform for Filipino people of color dancers to come and work their hip-hop skills, their lyrical skills, their ballroom skills and really flex their muscles in ways that we normally don’t get to do, that was a big priority for us,” said co-founder Billy Bustamante.

And some are award-winning dancers like 13-year-old Mahalaya Tintiangco Cubales – a national junior outstanding dancer and first placer at the San Francisco regional dance competition.

“It was more like a hobby at first, I wasn’t too sure about it, I kept doing it became more of my passion and what I would like to do for the rest of my life,” she says. “I feel like dance should be something like that heals the world.”

One of the featured choreographers is Karla Puno Garcia – who is also a swing for Broadway’s hottest show, Hamilton.

Arianne Meneses performed Garcia’s piece.

“I tend to gravitate towards pieces that express female empowerment and a strong feminine voice, a very sassy but also lots of conviction and lots of determination in the move and this illustrates that,” she said.

Sometimes, Lumipad is not just a showcase of the Filipino talent in dance.

It is also a venue for performances that come with a message.

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