Dance Groups


UP Dance Company


Founded in 1987, UPDC was set up for the apprenticeship and professional training of dance major students in the College of Music, University of the Philippines.  It is meant to develop the technique and creativity of student dancers and choreographers as a company.  Moreover, it serves the university’s choreographic needs (dance and allied arts, other curricular studies and extension programs) not just in UP Diliman but also in other UP campuses nationwide.  It also aims to promote dance as a serious form of study and profession, and aa public and communal expression.  UPDC compliments a main program of the college, the dance degree program: 4 years as diploma, 5 years a baccalaureate.

The program is the most comprehensive in the country in dance practice and theory, in music and theatre, in Asian and Philippine dance and music, in movement notation (Benesh system, the only one in the country), etc.  Diploma requires the production of a dance recital while the Bachelor of Music includes a thesis requirement.  Students often collaborate with music composition majors and sometimes with the faculty in recitals and performances, as performers and composers,  Many students/ graduates have been involved in Asian festivals, workshops, Laban notation studies and academic complementation (the last three mostly in Taiwan).

Prominent students have received UP awards, invitations to festivals, and workshops in Asia and Europe and specia studies in Taipei and Sumatra, Indonesia.  Two had scholarships in India to study Bharatanatyam classical dance.  Also, it is the only company know to have deconstructed the dance classics like The Nutcracker (into Maria Clara’s Colonial Dream – as japayuki), Giselle (into Ang Higanti), Cinderella (into Mariang Sinderela Ang Bagong Bayani), Petrouchka (into Pedro Kusinero), and Les Noces (into Ang Kasal).

The UP Dance Company has premiered a good number of original works from dance recitals and a commissioned work fir the 30th anniversary of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.  The National Commission for Culture and the Arts had once sponsored UPDC’s national tour, performing from Aparri to Davao.  It has joined festivals in Beijing, Hong Kong, Macau, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Taipei and Kaoshiung in Taiwan, Japan, Indonesia and Korea in their individual capacity.  Furthermore, UPDC has once organized the Contemporary Dance Map in Quezon City that had routes of several dance studio venues, and the Wifi Body Festival with the Contemporary Dance Network Manila.

National artisxt Leonor Orosa Goquingco once wrote of the dancers as “talents coming up brightly in the firmament of dance.”

Recent awards:

  • Champion (Contemporary Category) – Sayaw Pinoy National Dance Competition – Dec. 7, 2013
  • 1st runner up  (College – Contemporary Category) – Dancelebration Avenue 2014 – Mar. 9, 2014

Contact Info

Ms. Angela Lawenko-Baguilat :

Artistic Director Emeritus:   Basilio Esteban S. Villaruz





UP Dancesport Society


Based in the College of Human Kinetics in University of the Philippines Diliman, the UP Dancesport Society is the pioneer collegiate organization in ballroom dancing that aims to promote competitive ballroom dancing within and outside the university and to produce high-caliber dance athletes.

Officers for S.Y. 2015-1016
President:                                                                Nathaniel N. Malino
Executive Secretary:                                             Patrizia S. Benedicto
VP for Membership & Internal Affairs:            Jessica G. Antonio
VP for Publicity & External Affairs:                  Edgar G. Belda Jr.
VP for Finance & Marketing:                              Kharina A. Mojica
VP for Training Affairs:                                       Maica Victoria S. Cabugao

Contact Info

Contact Persons:
Nathaniel N. Malino

Kharina Mojica

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UP Filipiniana Dance Group


The UP Filipiniana Dance Group is one of the most acclaimed cultural performing groups in the country, showcasing the Philippine’s rich cultural heritage both in local and international venues. Composed of students from the University of the Philippines-Diliman, the country’s premiere state university, the group performs a wide array of Philippine dances from the Cordillera region in the north to Muslim Mindanao in the south— and, in recent years, from works of contemporary choreographers.

As cultural ambassadors of the Philippines, Filipiniana remains true to its vision of embodying Philippine traditional and modern-day cultures through dance. The group has performed, among others, at the Midosuji Parade in Japan; Surin International Folklore Festival in Thailand; and Sayaw Pinoy, Pasinaya and WiFi Contemporary Dance Festival in Manila. This August it will be one of the few groups to represent the country at Pyesta Kolon Datal, an international dance festival in Koronadal, Philippines organized by the Conseil International des Organisations de Festival de Folklor et d’arts Traditionnels (CIOFF).

In 1935, Mrs. Francisca Reyes-Aquino, the first National Artist for Dance, founded the group, which was originally named the “UP Folk Song and Dance Club.” Through her extensive research, Aquino notated and disseminated close to 200 folk dances from the country’s different regions. These dances are now part of the country’s physical education curriculum and are present in the repertoires of Philippine folk dance groups within and outside the Philippines. The artistic directorship of Mrs. Corazon Iñigo led to the group’s almost 3 decades of phenomenal tours abroad, especially to Europe. Under Mrs. Iñigo not only did Filipiniana secure its place on the world’s stage, it also garnered prestigious awards at folkloric festivals and won international dance competitions.

After Mrs. Iñigo’s tenure, Dr. Leilani Gonzalo assumed Filipiniana’s directorship that led to the training of emerging choreographers and folk dance artists. However, Filipiniana’s current thrust toward jazz and modern dance began when Mr. Van Cornelius Manalo was appointed as Filipiniana’s next director. The group is now under the directorship of Mr. Peter Alcedo, Jr., who has received training from and been mentored by Mrs. Iñigo, Dr. Gonzalo, and Mr. Manalo. With him, the group continues Filipiniana’s tradition of artistic excellence and creative versatility set forth by the directors before him.

Filipiniana steadies its mission of furthering and deepening the practice of Philippine folk dance and its accompanying dance forms through research, teaching, re-staging, and participating in cultural events locally and internationally. While the group remains committed to training the next generation of scholars, artists, and leaders in Philippine dance, Filipiniana remains a proud bearer of the country’s amazingly diverse dance heritage and artistic choreographic products.  (Edited by Russ Patrick P. Alcedo, Ph.D.)

Contact Info

Contact Person:
Mr. Peter P. Alcedo, Jr.
Artistic Director
College of Human Kinetics
University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City

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UP Pep Squad



The University of the Philippines Varsity Pep Squad, more popularly known as the UP Pep Squad, was formed and became the official cheerleading and cheerdance team of the University of the Philippines in 1994. The squad performs halftimes in the UP Fighting Maroons men’s basketball games at the UAAP and represents the university in the UAAP Cheerdance Competition, where they were champions for eight non-consecutive years (1999, 2000, 2001, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012) and consistent runner-up.

The group also holds Elevate: Lift One Another Up, a dance concert and annual cheerdance competition in the university. The squad also performs at different university events and functions.

The group has also performed and represented the country as they participated and placed in several international cheerleading competitions from 2002 untiil the present in the following countries: Korea, Japan, Italy, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Thailand.

Officers for AY 2015-2016

Team Captains:                     Lara Cristina Limjap and Camille Isabel Lagmay

Co-Captain:                            Mark Louie Castro

Head Drummer:                    Kristian Angelo Gabriel

Asst. Head Drummer:          Patrick David Arboleda

Secretary:                                Pfenina Reyes

Treasurer:                               Karlene Consunji Sison

Contact Info

Contact Persons:
Lalaine Juarez Pereña (Head Coach)

Nino Jose Antonio (Asst. Coach)
Pio Nino Inocencio Opinaldo (Asst. Coach)



UP Streetdance Club


The UP Streetdance Club is a non-profit organization duly recognized by the University of the Philippines, Diliman.   Formed in 1997 by a group of students, led by Mr. Jerome B. Dimalanta, looking for a venue for creative expression, fueled by their shared passion for dance, with a vision to establish a streetdance organization.  The UP Streetdance Club is now one of the most prominent dance organizations in the country.

Through dedication to rigorous training and having the Christian doctrine as their main foundation, the initial years of the UPSDC were blessed with many accomplishments and milestones, helping the Club slowly make its name in the hip-hop scene.

Now handled by its current club moderator and artistic director Mr. Von Ace Asilo, along with Dr. Leilani Gonzalo as its faculty adviser, the Club continues to take a prominent spot in the hip-hop scene through its many achievements, both local and international.

The Chosen Ground (CG) series, a group competition following a fresh new theme each year, and the Street Fuzion (SF) concert series are the two distinguished annual events of the Club, aiming to showcase the expertise of various members of the Philippine dance community, and certainly, the club’s own homegrown talents.

At present, the Club continues to train interested students of the UP community in the art of dance and remains steadfast in its mission to represent, inspire, and reinforce God-centered living through dance.

1 Corinthians 10:31  “So whether you eat, drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God”


Officers for AY 2015-2016
Co-Presidents:                                                 Isabel Rivera & Carlos Antonio Rupisan
Vice President:                                                Raphael Gabriel Oronce
Secretary:                                                         Melodia Divina Casillan
Asst. Secretary:                                               Jasmin Tanseco
Treasurer:                                                        Francesca Lauren Catipon
Asst. Treasurer:                                              Camille Mariz Guerrero
Public Relations Officer:                               Bianca Maria Bantolo
Asst. Public Relations Officer:                     Kyra Gabrielle Buenviaje
Dance Master:                                                 Jose Ezekiel Espina
Asst. Dance Masters:                                     Renee Angela Basilio & Isagani Tayag
Applicant Handlers:                                      Karein Directo, Hideo Enomoto & Jacklyn Danielle Eserjose
Ministry Heads:                                              Paul Jason Carolino & Anica Jamara Ignacio
Officers in Charge/Consultants:                 Antonio Luis Del Rosario, Jacklyn Danielle Eserjose & Michael Francis Monfort
Faculty Adviser:                                             Dr. Leilani Gonzalo
Artistic Director/Club Moderator:             Von Ace Asilo

Contact Info

Contact Persons:
Artistic Director/Club Moderator:                  Von Ace Asilo
Co-Presidents:                                                     Isabel Rivera
Carlos Antonio Rupisan

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