by Mikee dela Cruz.
It wasn’t in the plan.
“I was at a crossroads in my life (when) my favourite tita suggested I join the dance troupe of the Dagyaw Theatre and Dance Company (DTDC) at the Iloilo National High School (INHS), basically to keep me out of trouble because I was kind of wild, and the (company’s) director was famous for his strictness,” Novy J. Bereber recalls. It was then when “I suddenly discovered I loved to dance.”
That was in the 1990s, prior to Bereber’s receiving citations from the dance company to start it all for him as the most outstanding dancer for 1998, seven years after he first received a similar accolade, in 1991. It was somewhat providential, therefore, for him to, years later, pursue a career in dancing – ending up as the most outstanding scholar of Ballet Philippines (BP), before he, himself, took up dance teacher’s courses (2001 and 2006).
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