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20 MIN


In Manila, a group of young Filipinos dreams of making it big in the ballet world. Among them are Victor, who comes from a poor family, and Monica, who comes from a privileged background. In one of the world’s most populated cities, the difference between those who have and those who have not is painfully evident. Amidst Manila’s class dichotomy, ballet teacher Luther hopes to lift his students out of poverty through the artistic and life skills one learns from dancing.


Global Shorts Competition 2019

Los Angeles, California


Hollywood International Independent Documentary Film Award 2018


Gawad Urian ng Maynila

Manila, Philippines


Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase 2019

Cannes, France


Chelsea Film Festival 2019

New York, USA


Ethnografilm Festival 2019

Paris, France

Cast and Credits

Director, Writer, Producer


Patrick Alcedo

Luther Perez

Victor Maguad

Monica Gana

Gilbert Enfestan


Rodrigo Michelangeli Alex Felipe

Musical Score

Peter Alcedo, Jr.

Director's Statement

Intersecting in this film are the joys, pains, hopes, and dreams of Luther, Victor, Monica, and Gilbert. Rooted in their passion and love for dance, their persons take the film forward to heights of inspiration and to places where dance is deeply valued—the teaching of it, the discipline that has to partner it at all times, and the valuable life lessons dance can offer to anyone who seriously embodies it. 


I hope that the message of resiliency, altruism, selflessness and the importance of hard work that the film is trying to bring out will resonate with you—and will perhaps even partner you as you navigate your own challenges and journeys in life, whether as dancers or otherwise.

Director's Biography

An Associate Professor in the Department of Dance at York University, Dr. Patrick Alcedo is the director, writer, and producer of six documentary films. He is the recipient of the President’s University-Wide Teaching Award and the Early Researcher Award from the Government of Ontario. In 2014, he won the Selma Jeanne Cohen International Dance Scholarship competition from the Fulbright Association of America. 


Dancing Manilenyos received numerous awards and recognitions. Selected from among 347 submissions from 35 countries, it was an official selection at the 2019 Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase. It won an Award of Recognition from the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Film Award and premiered at the famous Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, California. One of the two opening films during last year’s Cinemalaya, it was an official selection at the Chelsea International Film Festival in Manhattan, New York and the Ethnografilm Festival in Paris, France.


His BA in English: Language is from the University of the Philippines, Diliman and his PhD in Dance History and Theory from the University of California, Riverside, under the auspices of the Asian Cultural Council. In 2017, he took residence at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. as a Rockefeller Humanities Fellow.

Elaine Forsgate Marden

Fernando &  Kit Zobel de Ayala