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The Garcia-Sanchez School of Dance

The Garcia-Sanchez School of Dance has been sharing the gift of dance for almost five decades. This Bacolod dance school is the oldest and most respected dance school in the city.

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The indefatigable duo behind The Garcia-Sanchez School of Dance — Georgette Sanchez-Vargas and Gianne Sanchez-Sanson. Photo by Renzi Juarez.

Longest-dancing Bacolod Dance School

Janette Garcia, the matriarch, opened the doors to what is now known as The Garcia- Sanchez School of Dance in 1971. It has seen so many young girls with the talent, passion, and skill in dance flourish in this art of performance.

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The daughters of Janette Garcia-Sanchez–Georgette, Giselle, Gianne, and Giella– have all danced ballet.

This year, this Bacolod dance school celebrates 47 years of dance, family, and love. They celebrated with a mid-year anniversary show that featured the Seniors Class in neo-classical ballet, modern ballet, and street jazz. Meanwhile, the Juniors Modern Class and the Adult Jazz Class also presented numbers.

Three Generations of Dancers

The Garcia-Sanchez School of Dance has seen three generations of dancers in the family. Janette has trained her daughters Georgette, Giselle, Gianne, and Giella.

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Janette with her daughters Georgette, Giselle, Gianne, and Giella.

And now, two granddaughters are also very talented dancers – Carmina and Drewy. They are regularly attending classes in the school and helping out in the classes.

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Three generations of dancers in the Garcia-Sanchez family.

The Anniversary Show

The show featured the Seniors Class of The Garcia-Sanchez School of Dance in in neo-classical ballet, modern ballet, and street jazz. Meanwhile, the Juniors Modern Class and the Adult Jazz Class also had their numbers.

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The 47th Anniversary Show. Our daughter Dindin was deeply moved by this show that she cried. There’s just so much love and passion for dance.

Part one was composed of a beautiful neo-classical piece with music by Vivaldi, entitled Seasons Of Tango. The piece is abstract and shows the dancers’ strength, musicality, and grace. This was followed by a strong modern piece entitled “My Story” and is about life, pain, friendships, and moving forward.

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Two of their best dancers, Daryl Odango and Ayen Velez, dance Swan Lake.

Both numbers were choreographed by ballerina Georgette Sanchez-Vargas, the eldest daughter of Janette who is now the school’s director.

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A modern dance number.

Meanwhile, part two was composed of Street Jazz numbers choreographed by Janette’s third daughter, Gianne Sanchez- Sanson. She is the school principal. These fun and energetic numbers kept the audience very entertained.

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A street jazz number with the seniors.

The Mamma Mia number was a sure hit as Janette and Gianne performed with the adult jazz class. This was followed by the well-loved production numbers with songs from The Greatest Showman. The dancers showcased their versatility and strong technique in the anniversary presentation, as they performed all the numbers with great passion.

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Janette Garcia-Sanchez with daughter Gianne and the adult street jazz students during the Mamma Mia number. Photo by Cata Manaloto.

Truly, it was a fitting celebration! The dance production was the best way to celebrate 47 years of sharing dance to Bacolod City.

About Georgette Sanchez-Vargas

Georgina Johanna Garcia Sanchez, a.k.a. Georgette Sanchez, is a ballerina from Bacolod City, Philippines. She was a company dancer of the Ballet Philippines from 1995 to 2002.

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Teacher Georgette in action.

In 2000, Georgette won the silver medal in the 9th Paris International Dance Competition for her performances in Agnes Locsin’s September and Alden Lugnasin’s Aku. This distinction gained her an invitation from Nicolas Musin to join the abcdancecompany in St. Pölten, Austria. She has been featured in the company since 2002.

Furthermore, she has worked with other dance companies in Europe, namely the Staatstheater Darmstadt in Germany, the Stadttheater Klagenfurt in Austria, and the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich, Germany.

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Georgette is also an accomplished and awarded triathlete.

She is now married to Luigi Vargas and has settled in Bacolod City. Currently, she is the director at The Garcia-Sanchez School of Dance where she also teaches dance classes. Being a fitness enthusiast, she is also a dedicated and accomplished triathlete.

Daughters Studying Classical Ballet

Our two daughters are studying classical ballet at The Garcia-Sanchez School of Dance. Our eldest Dindin is already on her sixth year. It only means that their Papa has been a ballet dad for that long as well. He is the one responsible for bringing them to class and waiting for them to finish.

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Our two little ballerinas and their ballet dad. I am usually the photographer so naturally, I am the one who took this photo. ~Lovingly, Mama

Additionally, little Shane has gotten hooked, too, thanks to the many videos she has watched of Barbie dancing ballet. She has undergone storybook ballet last summer and still continues with her lessons.

Contact information

The Garcia-Sanchez School of Dance

17th-Lacson Streets, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Mobile: (0917) 3002124 c/o Teacher Leah

They offer a free trial class.

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After the show.

 


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