Helen M. Flores (The Philippine Star ) – September 8, 2019 – 12:00am
MANILA, Philippines — When Novy Bereber bursts into the room, his energy is infectious. Today his long, wavy hair is silver gray with highlights of hot pink.
Former Ballet Philippines choreographer and dancer Bereber has returned to the country not to stage another spectacular performance, but to help Filipinos with Parkinson’s disease (PD) regain confidence and meaning in their lives through dance.
The Sydney-based dancer hopes to bring to the country his years of experience as one of the pioneer instructors of Dance for Parkinson’s in Australia, especially to underprivileged patients in the Philippines.
“Dance saved my life. That’s why it’s time for me to share and bring it back. Before I left the Philippines, I promised myself whatever I learn abroad, I’ll bring it back. I think this is the right time to start,” Bereber, who hails from Iloilo, tells STARweek.
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