"As long as there are children and parents interested in ballet, I will not get tired teaching it." This factor led to the existence of Ballet Dance Academy (BDA). Having a group of talented students who wanted to take lessons from Ms. Nida Onglengco-Pangan no matter where that may be, forced her to form her own studio and group of dancers. BDA was formally recognized as one of the established schools in Metro Manila during the Ballet Festivals of the 70's sponsored by the Ballet Federation of the Philippines.
BDA was able to show their skills and talents in numerous theaters, malls, schools, company, cities and towns inside and outside Metro Manila as invited guest performers for several festivals and celebrations such as in Ilocos, Baguio, Pampanga, Laguna, Batangas, Cavite, Intramuros, Resorts World Manila, Marriott Hotel, Luneta Park, SM Malls, Ayala Malls, AFP Theater, Meralco Theater, Cultural Center of the Philippines, St. Scholastica’s College, St. Paul Schools, and whole lot more.
"My foremost inspirations are my students who come in all shapes and sizes. The support and enthusiasm of both my students and their parents gives me the encouragement to do my best always. My fulfillment as a teacher comes in seeing them able to dance, love and appreciate the wonderful world of ballet." is what keeps and drives BDA’s directress Nida Onglengco Pangan to continue teaching ballet for forty-five years now.
Basilio Esteban S. Villaruz, past Chairman of the Executive Committee on Dance of the Presidential Commission on Culture and Arts, once had this to say about the school and its director, "To have survived thirty-nine years in the arts is no mean achievement. The continued existence of a private dance school is a tribute to: the wholehearted dedication to the arts of Terpsichore, the educational and creative drive of teachers, and the wisdom of parents and school administrators to provide creative character development for the young through the arts. That Ballet Dance Academy has contributed some dance artist in leading dance companies proves the distinction of the school."
Cultural Center of the Philippines' President, Nestor O. Jardin, and Vice-President and Artistic Director, Fernando O. Josef - "We commend the Ballet Dance Academy for being one of the few institutions in the country that continues to secure a solid foundation for aspiring artists in the field of dance. Throughout the years, the academy has continuously produced individuals with remarkable talent and discipline - a product of its zealous commitment to aid in the development and appreciation of classical ballet in the Philippines. May many more follow your legacy in promoting and bringing the arts to the Filipino people and to the world!"
Today, BDA is a lifetime institutional member of Association of Ballet Academies, Philippines (ABAP) wherein its directress, Mrs. Nida Onglengco Pangan, is a founding member and past president. BDA is also one of the recognized ballet schools by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts
Nida started her plies at the age of 7 under Benny Villanueva, Sony Lopez Gonzales, Anita Kane, Remedios "Totoy" de Oteyza, and other visiting foreign teachers such as Madame Sulamith Messerer of the Bolshoi Ballet School, Ivan Nagy, Robert Barnett, William Morgan, and many others. She was a principal soloist of the Hariraya Ballet Company which performed with Raissa Struchkova and the stars of the Bolshoi Theatre and with Dame Margot Fonteyn at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. She was also a soloist of the Karilagan International Cultural Arts of the late Conchita Sunico which traveled and performed abroad in Australia, Hong Kong, Finland, Germany, and Sweden as the Philippines' representative for the Department of Tourism. She has danced almost all the major roles in Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadere, Paquita, Don Quixote, Giselle, the Nutcracker Ballet, Ibong Adarna, Sarimanok, and many others.
Her love for ballet did not stop at dancing, she taught it not only in Metro Manila but also in the provinces of Bulacan; Sta. Cruz and San Pedro, Laguna; Lucena, Quezon; Batangas; Cavite and Cabanatuan. She started teaching in her teens at Ballet Arts Studio of Sony Lopez Gonzales, and for 28 years at St. Paul College, Pasig. She also taught at St. Paul College Manila, Quezon City, Makati, and Bulacan (San Rafael and Bocaue). She also taught at St. Joseph College, Quezon City; Immaculate Heart of Mary, Paranaque; Classical Ballet Academy of Inday Gaston Manos; St. Anthony School, Manila; Brentwood Learning House, Las Pinas; Breton School, La Asuncion Montessori, Theresian School, Elizabeth Seton School South, St. Thomas Becket Academy, Nineveh Academy, and St. Francis in Cavite; Makati YMCA International; Ayala Alabang Country Club; and DBP Summer Workshops.
She is also a Former Ballet Mistress of the Metropolitan Dance Theater, Rehearsal Mistress and Artistic Council Member for the Philippine Ballet Theatre, Principal of the Philippine Ballet Theater Conservatoire, Member of the Dance Sector of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, World Dance Alliance, and Society for the Performing Arts, Auditioner for POEA, Accredited Testing Officer for Dance Skills in TESDA, Founding Member and 1999 and 2006 President of the Association of Ballet Academies, Philippines (ABAP), and Founder and Directress of Ballet Dance Academy.
Nida is acknowledged and recognized in the book Philippine Dance by Reynaldo Alejendro (p. 67) as "among those who are actively teaching Dance in the Metro Manila Area" and in the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Encyclopedia of Dance (Historical Essays, p.50) as one of those "Artists who became leaders in the Philippine Dance". The local government in the city of Bacoor has also acknowledged and awarded her as the "Woman for Culture and Arts"
NIDA ONGLENGCO PANGAN (Ballet)
- Directress of Ballet Dance Academy
- Founding Member of Association of Ballet Academies, Phils.
- Awarded for her exceptional contribution in the field of Ballet in the Philippines
- Awarded as “Woman for Arts & Culture” by the City of Bacoor
KANIKA PANGAN (Ballet)
- Ballet Instructor in The District Imus
- Former Ballet Instructor in Brentwood Learning House in Las Piñas City
- Assistant Ballet Instructor for Ballet Dance Academy
- Soloist for Ballet Dance Academy
- Former Student/Member of Philippine Ballet Theater Conservatoire
- Administrative Secretary of Ballet Dance Academy
LOVELYNN ARICHETA RODRIGUEZ (Belly Dance)
- Professional Belly Dance Performer and Choreographer
- Licensed Zumba Fitness Instructor
- Japanese Language Instructor
CLARVIE LUCENA (Ballroom)
- Dance Athlete and Champion
- Professional Choreographer for celebrities and tv shows
- Dance Master at Philippine Dancesport Association
- Dance Director at LDG Production
ALROY “BIBOY” PANGAN (Wushu)
- Director/Choreographer and Member of Freelance Wushu
- Former student/Member, Wushu Federation of the Philippines & Modern Shaolin
- Wushu and Hiphop Instructor for Ballet Dance Academy
- Former Member, International School for Hotel & Restaurant Management Dance Troupe
- Choreographer/Dancer of D’Automatics and BDA Crew
- Former student/Member of Modern Shaolin
- Member of Freelance Wushu
- Gold & Silver Medalist in Wushu Open Competition (Chang Quan Senior Male Division)
RACHELLE MAE AVENIR
- Student Assistant, scholar and soloist in Ballet Dance Academy