• Dance Your Way to Success: Liza dela Fuente-Castaneda of Ridgepointe Ballet

    It has been said, “Do what you love and the money will follow.” Find out how this mom does what she loves and loves what she does — and earns from it, too!
    by Tina Santiago-Rodriguez .
  • Liza CastanedaLiza de la Fuente-Castañeda is the mom of two teenagers, Tristan, 15, and Alyssa, 14. Among her greatest accomplishments in life, especially as a wife and mother, Liza counts having homeschooled her children for eight years using a US curriculum (Catholic Heritage Curricula) as one of the top items on her list.

    Another would be managing her own ballet center for the past 22 years. Read on to find out more about Liza’s story.

     

     

    A lifelong love affair with dance
    Liza started studying ballet when she was only six years old, at the Classic Ballet Academy and the Hariraya Ballet Company of Inday Gaston Mañosa.

    Though already 46 at the time of this writing, Liza still considers herself a “student” of dance. As a young ballerina, Liza hoped to be able to teach and propagate the same tradition of grace and perfection she has learned from her mentor, i.e. Ms. Mañosa.

    Thus, Ridgepointe Ballet Center for Dance Education was born in 1990. 22 years later, it has blossomed into a wonderful ballet school, with classes being held regularly at the Moro Lorenzo Sport Center inside the prestigious Ateneo de Manila University.


    Promoting one’s passion
    With the objective of “promoting passion, precision and pure joy of dance,” Liza started teaching students at Ridgepointe and realized that her “business idea” was unique in the sense that “it is personalized, it gives students a complete dance and theater experience — not only in dance training but also in choreography; stage management; costume, set and graphic design; and teaching, too, of course.”

    At present, Ridgepointe hold dance classes for the following levels: pre-primary (4-6 years old); primary (6-8 years old); level 1 (8-10 years old); levels 2-5 (beginner’s pointes, intermediate and advance).

    When asked what made her decide to set up a ballet school, Liza smilingly replied, “It was a logical choice since I took my MFA in the teaching of dance as a USIS Fulbright Hays scholar at the University of California in Irvine, USA.

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