Be kind to yourself. Dance.

Dance, for me and many people I know, offers limitless possibilities. We cannot deny its entertaining properties. Some turn to dance for fitness and exercise. There are others, too, who have explored dance for healing and wellness. Daloy Dance Company’s upcoming production is an exposition of the cathartic capabilities of movement with Mga Sayaw ng PAGHILOM: Healing Through Dance. 

I am excited for this show because I know that it is born out of personal struggle. Interesting how challenges become surmountable with art and how strife can be choreographed into a celebration of life, a celebration of the person as victor. Toi, toi, toi, Daloy Dance Company!

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Profile Shot Ea Torrado Photo by Tuchi Imperial

“This November, Daloy Dance Company in cooperation with Peta Theater Center presents Mga Sayaw ng PAGHILOM, a twinbill fundraising show featuring a current work – Pieces of Me, and an upcoming work – Unearthing. Only in existence for a year and a half, Daloy has made waves in the Manila art scene. Formed by artistic director Ea Torrado in April 2014, Daloy has performed in venues such as the Cultural Center of the Philippines, PETA Theater Center, as well as in unconventional sites and events such as Fete de la Musique in Intramuros, The National Book Development Board, and at the Malasimbo Lights and Dance Festival.

Daloy Dance Company constantly snips away at the strands that define dance, theater, improvisation and performance. The company produces works towards deepening human connection and celebrates the power of live physical performance. Mga Sayaw ng PAGHILOM is another testament to Daloy’s exploration of movements closer to everyday life, sharing the experience intimately with the audience. As a homegrown Filipino company, Daloy has produced critically acclaimed works that both question and celebrate society; such as Dysmorphilia, Canton and Himalaya. This time, the fundraising show focuses on healing through dance with a look to the past and a nod at the future.Pieces of Me 2

Pieces of Me

Pieces of me delves into the universal struggle of personal relationships. A re-imagining of past works, this 1 hour long devised piece melds together the strongest pas de deuxs of choreographer and artistic director, Ea Torrado. The ensemble amalgamates the piece using structured improvisation. The work is tailor made for an in-the-round, personal experience. A timeline of moments of love, hurt, happiness, and self-discovery made to be shared – this work is incredibly approachable in its contemporary, human and gestural movement language.


Unearthing is a work in progress that was first shown at the Karnabal Festival earlier this year. It now moves forward into its next phase, integrating elements and a movement language inspired by Reiki, Qi Gong and Yoga. Unearthing explores and experiments with the idea of healing through generating, releasing, and re-channeling energy. The body remembers and stores history and trauma. The process of this work fearlessly aims to unearth and uncover the trauma and heal together, collectively, as one community through focused energy, movement and touch.

As a non-profit, independent company the revenue of this fundraising show will be allocated to support Daloy’s studio rental, travel expenses for upcoming tours and full mounting of Unearthing in 2016. Mga Sayaw ng PAGHILOM is showing on November 19 and 20 at the PETA Theater Center 3rd Floor Studio A and B. Tickets are at Php 1,500 and are inclusive of 1 Free Contact Improvisation Class Held every Saturday at 12 noon at the Erehwon Arts Center. Contact 09399269232 (Sarah) or 0998 985 9185 (Carla) for tickets. Come, dance and heal with us.”*

*Press release and photos from Daloy Dance Company

Reconfiguring Dance

2015 is all about making things happen. For me it also means dancing again.

Prior to getting married in 2013, I was dancing professionally. I was then teaching dance, teaching Sociology and Anthropology, doing admin work for Ateneo, and dancing on top of planning my own wedding. The difficulties of flitting from one role to another eventually caught up with me and I got burnt out. I chose to let go of dance because it required so much time for training and rehearsals. I used this time instead to make a home— I tried cooking, learned home cleaning hacks, and DIY-ed home decor.

I turned to Zumba, barre classes, and yoga to keep fit. I take dance classes every now and then but have not fully committed to dancing again apart from my ballet teaching engagements. Noticing that I was no longer asking him to bring me to the dance studio, KC suggested that I go back to dancing. Today, I am doing just that.

DIY Wall Decor for the bedroom by Issa M. Ramos

DIY Wall Decor for the bedroom by Issa M. Ramos

I am doing a full dance class today (and am mighty scared for tomorrow’s body pains). I am excited, too, because I will be dancing with very good friends Ea Torrado and PJ Rebullida of Daloy Dance Company.

Daloy Dance Company is the newest dance commune in the metro composed of artists from various practices of music, theatre, and dance. They offer a fresh take on dance and theatre through performances that “re-shape contemporary dance by debunking existing stigma and offering new perspectives and possibilities”.


Ea Torrado, Artistic Director of Daloy Dance Company Photo by Tuchi Imperial


With the guidance and leadership of Artistic Director Ea Torrado, Daloy Dance Company has been enjoying performance and collaborative opportunities locally and abroad. They are putting together RECONFIGURE this February in partnership with FRINGE Manila and De La Salle- College of St. Benilde.


Reconfigure by Daloy Dance Company Feb 19 3PM and 8PM and Feb 22 3PM and 8PM College of Saint Benilde – SDA Theatre


According to Daloy Dance Company“Reconfigure is a twinbill production featuring Ea Torrado’s Dysmorphilia, which premiered at Imaginarium: A Multi-arts festival of the Absurd, and PJ Rebullida’s The Sky Changed, showcased at the WIFI Body Contemporary Dance Festival. Compounded to evoke transformation, manipulation and conscious change, Both works continue to unravel the forces at work on how the body is presented and consumed in relation to ideas of self-perception and symbolic rebirth.

Dysmorphilia Costumes by award-winning Multimedia artist-designer, Leeroy New”

Where: College of Saint Benilde – SDA Theatre
When: Feb 19 3PM and 8PM and Feb 22 3PM and 8PM Php 300 -ticket price

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Jomelle Era, company member of Daloy Dance Photo by Tuchi Imperial


If you’re like me looking to rekindle an old flame with dance or if it is part of your new year’s resolution to try something new, please consider Daloy Dance School. Daloy Dance School offers an array of movement-oriented classes. Most classes do not require previous dance experience so adult beginners need not worry. Check out Daloy Dance Company’s website for information on class schedules.

I am blessed to have this opportunity to re-visit a previous purpose and passion. I will write about my first day back on the dance floor next time. For now, wish me, my lola bones and sleeping muscles, luck to get through class! Toi, toi, toi!


Photos by Tuchi Imperial for Daloy Dance Company