Welcome! If you're unfamiliar with our dance company here's a brief history of the Leyte Kalipayan Dance Company, and a short bio of LFKDC's Director Ms. Teresita Veloso - Pil.
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Just added! We've posted an alumni list, grouped by decade.
Executive Director & Choreographer, Miss Teresita Pil, celebrated her birthday last October in Tacloban City with company members, alumni, and friends. Photos Here.
Kalipayan in Leyte vernacular means "Happiness"
The Leyte Kalipayan Dance Company concluded its tour of Spain and Portugal garnering standing ovations and rave reviews in various international dance festivals in cities that included Moncao in Portugal, and Ouerense, Badajos, Ciuded Real, Coruna, Huelva, Villareal, and Lorca in Spain. They arrived in Spain on July 11 and returned home to Tacloban City on September 18, 2006 where they resume their local shows and prepare for their scheduled tours abroad in 2007.
View Spain and Portugal photo galleries
The world-famous Leyte Kalipayan Dance Company, cultural gem of the Leyte-Samar Region and one of the Philippines' best performing arts group, celebrated its 45th (Sapphire) founding anniversary from June 24th to July 1st, 2006 in Tacloban City. Photos of the LFKDC 45th Anniverary
With the theme "Paghinumdum, Pagsarayaw, Paglantaw (Remember, Dance, Envision)", the company's alumni association (Leyte Filipiniana-Kalipayan), along with the Leyte Kalipayan Cultural Foundation, slated a week-long series of activities, which included a retrospective gala performance, dance forum, dinner show, and alumni homecoming reunion.
This celebration highlighted the historical and cultural significance of the Leyte Kalipayan Dance Company in the field of Philippine folk dance theater and the aesthetic contribution of its Artistic Director/Choreographer (GAWAD Cultural Center of the Philippines Awardee) Miss Teresita Veloso Pil in dance theater choreography based on Philippine traditional themes and motifs.
"...fresh, spontaneous and appealing. Their poise is remarkable in capturing the style of the fascinating variety of dances with which their country abounds."
- THE WASHINGTON POST
The Dance Company's recent successful Beijing performance gets a nod in an official press release from the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs.
"The Leyte Kalipayan Dance Company’s performance was a unique opportunity to display Filipino talent to the people of China"
- Ambassador Willy Gaa
Also, visit the photo gallery for new additions, including pics the from the Taiwan and Beijing trips.
One of the products of the July 30th Reunion was deciding to get a website up for both the dance company in Tacloban City, Philippines and the alumni, mostly now residing in the United States. One member did make it from the Philippines and a couple from London! Aware of the big project they were facing they decided to turn to good friends who, miraculously enough, agreed to help. Here you see the fruits of that labor.
We've received very positive feedback so far, and many excellent ideas and memorabilia for the site. Please, continue to send us all that you've saved: mementos, programs, clippings, and, of course, your photos.
Scan what you have and send them to us at .
Congratulations on a most successful and most enjoyable reunion! As one of "the Pioneers", I was really excited to reunite with my batch and meet their families and I couldn't believe how little time has changed them, a couple of whom I haven't seen in forty years. I only wish more of "the Pioneers" attended. I promise to personally nag them to attend the next one. The short weekend did not allow me to get to know the members of later batches but I could see that once you've been trained by Miss Pil you become a kindred spirit. Miss Pil (yes, even in my time, she was always "Miss Pil") has this knack of picking a very especial kind of talents and I saw this cut through generations.
The impromptu show was incredible in the sense that we WERE able to put on a show! Understandably the edges were rough but the spirit and enthusiasm and the talent that does not perish shined through.
Do call sometimes and let's shoot the breeze. Just mention Filipiniana-Kalipayan and I'm sure we'll have plenty to talk about. Our experiences may vary in time and place but I assure you they are the same.
- A Member, 1961-1977
Bound by their love of Philippine dance and music and a history of successful tours and performances garnering accolades, rave reviews, and top international awards, the alumni of the Leyte Filipiniana Kalipayan Dance Company form this association to pursue their mission of propagating Philippine culture, nurture the especial friendships they have formed in the company, and nourish the spirit, dedication, and pride in their heritage. Read more about our history.
"...precision, skill and sophistication"
- NEW YORK TIMES
"The folk dancers inspired lavish praise from the audience as they performed with grace and beauty the colorful dances of their native land."
- ARIZONA REGISTER
Silver Medalist, Dijon International Folklore Festival Competition, Dijon, France