World-class Philippines’ Douglas Nierras Powerdance performs in Winnipeg

The Philippines’ premier jazz and contemporary dance group Douglas Nierras Powerdance  performed at Maples Collegiate  in Winnipeg  this Saturday.

The show called ” Dances of Filipino Heart and Soul”   brought  Filipino arts and creativity to  a higher level while taking the audience to a deeper understanding  of Filipino culture and life through  dance.

Everyone thought they will see traditional Filipiniana dances in our performance.  But I would like them to have a  different experience. I want them  to feel what it is like to live now in the Philipines, says  choreographer and creator Douglas Nierras.

Douglas  skillfully  blends  actual human  body fluidity  with  3D wall projected movements.  The talented  artists  put to life on stage   powerful  heart-warming pieces with  social relevance  — some of them made the audience cry.

” Their performance was moving. I was crying in some parts–  especially when they danced  Yolanda”,  said Mila Tamayo, who came to watch with her husband Jimmy.  Mila,  who is a big supporter of  arts and culture, said she  hoped more people  watch this kind of shows.

“Yolanda”  gave a glimpse of  how  super typhoon with said name  destroyed Douglas ‘ beloved home town  Tacloban and took away many innocent lives.

Another touching  piece was the interpretation of Contemplaciones Sobre una Flor Filipina which tackles plight of Overseas Filipino Workers.

Joyce Catenza, who watched with her kids, said  she was touched when the dancers swayed to the tune of  Ogie Alcasid’s “Kailangan Kita” and Jolina Magdangal’s  “Kapag ako ay nagmahal” which  center about needing someone and finding true love. Talking before said  performance, Douglas said he emulates his parents who are epitome of perfect love and devotion.

Dante Aviso, promotions coordinator says  part of the proceeds of the ” Dances of Filipino Heart and Soul” was donated to the Philipines Canadian Culture and Arts Association of Manitoba.  Evening’s masters of ceremony were Jef Reyes and Lourdes Federis.

Prior to the show,  Douglas himself  and  Powerdance’  11-member youth dancers/artists  hosted a free  workshop to interested community members.

After Winnipeg, the company  will go around different cities of  Canada and  later on United States to perform.  They were asked  to come back to Montreal for another series of show after their initial  successful  performance.


Douglas Nierras Powerdance

“In Dancing, we don’t balance. We fly.”

Multi-awarded  choreographer/director Douglas created  Powerdance in 1998.  Also known as  Pinoy Pop Dance King,  Douglas was also part of   Whiplash and Hotlegs in the early 90s.

Douglas often  based his  masterpieces from his rich life’s experiences and believes in the power of movement to create awareness about social change.

Douglas and his  Powerdance has represented the country on several occasions and has received multiple international recognition in the last  30 years.

In   1999, it  bested dance companies from 73 other countries to win the Grand Prix at the 10th Saitama International Creative Dance Concourse in Yono City, Japan—the Philippines’ first and only grand prize for modern dance choreography.

Douglas Nierras  has earned respect of the world in contemporary dance.   His vision  is teaching   and sharing   the art of dance and making it more accessible by involving  the underprivileged youth who have passion for dancing.




Powerdance touring company from Right to Left  (and order of designation);  Railey Bugador  (Scholar) Ronjie Gamayon , (Apprentice) Joshua Orbasido ( Apprentice), Cheska Quimno – (Apprentice),  Ricmar Policarpio ( Apprentice),   Jay ar Aguvida (Company Member),  Katelyn Jacob (Junior Company Member),  Ronald Policarpio ( Junior Company Member),  Divine Dacles (Company Member),  Froilan Antonio Dabalus ( Principal Member and Choreographic Assistant)  and   Ma. Christaliza Sawada-Dabalus  (Principal Dancer and Rehearsal Mistress/Dance Captain) and  Douglas Nierras (creator /master choreogpraher)


(Thank you Chito Sta Brigida of  Arts and Photographs of  C. Sta Brigida  for letting CKJS share his beautiful photos on our CKJS site.)


Privileged to meet this creative genius Douglas Nierras during his visit @ the studio of CKJS 810AM in Winnipeg




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