In Thailand on toe shoes-A A +A
Saturday, October 26, 2013
NEVER in her wildest dreams did Jennievele Bagsican dream she would be in Thailand—she has not even been to Manila! But in Thailand she is now, not to tour but to teach ballet in the next two years.
Jing, as she is more familiarly known to her ballet-mates, is a daughter of Artemio and Vilma Bagsican. She was born in Dapitan City where she studied folk dancing as a scholar with the Jete Dance School of Enedina Rocamora before she shifted to ballet. She was then 11 years old.
She describes herself as just a normal student of ballet, studying it until she was 17. In 2011, Rocamora called her and invited her to participate in a workshop conducted by Gregory Aaron and Nicolas Pacaña of Balletcenter in Cebu. The workshop was the first time ever that she came to Cebu, and this she did at the prodding of her mom, Vilma. She could have stayed in Cebu then to study and teach ballet as Balletcenter’s scholar, but she opted first to finish her college course, financial management, at the St. Vincent College in Dipolog.
She came back to Cebu in 2012, this time to study ballet some more, as well as to teach (at the ChildLink Learning Center). She did not dream that a year later, she would be asked to teach ballet in Thailand.
Jing was very excited at the prospect and is happy that her parents gave their consent for her to go. She believes that Mr. A. (that’s Gregory Aaron) “is comfortable with me and thinks that I could do a good job.”
In fact, she was accompanied by Mr. A. on this, her very first trip abroad. From Bangkok, they went up to Chiangmai where another Balletcenter scholar, Rey Allen Espinosa, was sent in June this year and they met up with her at the Russian Ballet School there, owned by Jaruaypan Jainawan.
She stayed in Chiangmai for about a week or so, learning Russian ballet and learning the language, before she was sent to her assignment in the Thai province of Ratchaburi.
By the way, Jainawan, a good friend of Mr. A., has eight ballet schools in Thailand and hopes to open a lot more in the next few years, for a total of 50 Russian ballet schools all over that country; in fact, Balletcenter will be sending another teacher there in May 2014.
Jing admits she is not prima ballerina potential but, she is confident that “even if I am not that good a dancer, I will be a good teacher.” Thailand for her is a “starting point for a new life, a new career and new learnings.” With an attitude like that, she will surely make good and make her country proud of what she will accomplish.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 27, 2013.