"What makes a good dance teacher first is to have the dance experience of being a very fine performer at a very high technical level.”
Madame Peff Modelski
Our faculty roster is composed of teachers who have trained intensively and performed professionally in their field. We make sure that we share our knowledge wholeheartedly and emanate the same passion we have had as performing artists. We are also aware that learning is a never-ending process. Thus, as teachers, we constantly educate ourselves through teacher trainings and immersions. Come learn with us for all we want is to share the beautiful world of performing arts with you.
Verna started dancing at the age of 3 in Baguio City under Evelyn Crispillo and Bernadette Llabres. She then got scholarships to train with the Cultural Center of the Philippines Dance School (CCPDS) where she trained with many local and foreign ballet masters. In 1997, she was accepted as an Apprentice of Ballet Philippines, the country’s premiere dance company for ballet and contemporary dance. After being awarded the Most Outstanding Apprentice, she was then promoted as a company member in 1999. She then became a Soloist, dancing lead roles in the company’s productions and tours both locally and internationally.
Apart from dancing, Verna has also been a faculty of the CCPDS, the company’s official dance school. In 2001, she was appointed as School Principal. Here, she has trained many students and professional dancers alike, choreographed, and restaged productions both for the CCPDS and Ballet Philippines. More...
Cheung Hiu Wah, Joyce
Joyce graduated at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts majoring in Ballet with bachelor’s degree of Fine Arts. She has participated in various kinds of dance performances and competitions such as the Hong Kong Challenge Cup Competition, the Hong Kong Open Dance Competition and the Hong Kong (Asia) Solo Dance Competition and achieved different awards. She was also awarded the Dance Faculty Academic Scholarship at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
She worked with different renowned choreographers such as Jonathan Watkins with the pieces “Osmosis” in the spring of 2019 and “Pull, Push and all in between” in the summer of 2017. Kinsun Chan with the piece “The Grid” in 2018 fall season, and Raymond Chai with the piece “Architecture of Wu” in 2017 Fall Season.
Joyce joined EnP on September 2019 with an experience of teaching ballet in different educational sectors including children and vocational levels. She is also a registered teacher of Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and of the Progressing Ballet Technique. Furthermore, she is a Certified American Ballet Theatre Teacher after having successfully completed the ABT Teacher's Course in Pre-Primary through Level 3 in New York City.
Ballet, Jazz, and Contemporary Teacher
Martina Manalo is a multidisciplinary artist from the Philippines who began dancing at the age of 2. She continued to dance professionally until the age of 25 as a company artist and a member of the faculty in Ballet Manila and joined the Royal New Zealand Ballet for a few stints in 2013.
Martina graduated from the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing (CSTD) at the Halili-Cruz Dance Company in the early days of her dancing career and after which, has been trained under the Russian-Vaganova Method with Ballet Manila.
She has also garnered several awards from different international dance competitions from 2003 until 2007 and has also been awarded by the Philippines’ National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) as a “Young Achiever Awardee for Dance and Ballet Excellence” at the 2006 Global Excellence Awards.
Martina has recently earned a few grants in 2018 and 2019 for a movement and choreography residency in both Austria and Bulgaria. She also completed a choreography residency in Wales, United Kingdom from 2018-2019 where she has created a series of contemporary works which focused on integrating dance and humanism, which debuted in London and Wales of the same year. A most recent addition to her works under the said series is entitled, "You Me, Us" which debuted last year for Daloy Dance Company's online summit, "Ugnayan".
Jethro started his professional contemporary dance career with Airdance in 2004 and has performed with the company for festivals, expos, and shows in the Philippines and overseas. In 2006, he received the DanceWeb European Scholarship in Vienna, Austria. Upon his return, he became Airdance's resident dance teachers and choreographers and did artist residencies in Manila and China.
He moved to Hong Kong in 2008 to work for Disney. In 2013, he helped set up DanceOutHK, a contemporary dance collective, and has presented works for festivals in HK and China.
He continually explores the possibilities of dance/movement/performance outside the traditional theater or studio setting. He recently worked with Xavier Le Roy and Scarlet Yu for Still in Hong Kong, an artwork developed for the Trust and Confusion exhibition in Tai Kwun.
Mark Ryan Torrente
Passionately immersed into the world of dance and performing for more than 15 years, Mark started dancing in his hometown in Leyte, Philippines. He is trained in a variety of styles which includes jazz, ballet, Philippine folk dance, modern and contemporary.
Mark moved to Hong Kong 8 years ago to be part of the parade team at Hong Kong Disneyland. He has also been a part of the opening team of the stage show, Mickey's Wondrous Book. He is currently a chorus dancer in the Festival of the Lion King.
A generous dancer and artist in his own special way, Mark collaborates with different choreographers and dancers to create art. He first collaborated with Edge 'n Pointe for the 2014 Philippines Tour. He has also essayed the roles of Carabbose in Sleeping Beauty, Stepsister in Cinderella, and lead roles for contemporary pieces on the EnP stage and international tours.
Furthermore, Mark has trained and choreographed for the younger jazz students of EnP. He has also created a jazz piece for the EnP Company which garnered a Gold Award at the 46th HK Open Dance Contest.