(3 November 2015, Tuesday) A 17-year-old Filipino bagged the top prize in a recent dance competition in Paris, France. Ballet dancer Klievert Jon Mendoza of Tacloban City won the gold medal at the pre-professional category of the Concours International De Danse Classique De Grasse held last Oct. 25.
In a Facebook post, Mendoza said he considered his victory as an “early Christmas gift from God.” He also expressed gratitude to his ballet mentor, Jonathan Guillarme.
“I would like to thank God for the early Christmas Gift I got. And also Jonathan, for making my dreams come true. All of these victory our team have now is for you and because of you. You are the best! The best in being a friend, a teacher and as a second Dad,” he said.
Mendoza bested six other contestants in his category, being the only boy at that, all throughout the three stages of the competition—the first two rounds were classic ballet solo, while the final round was one classical and one contemporary solo.
Mendoza is a scholar of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore.
南洋艺术学院 Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts