Edna Vida Froilan

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Edna Vida R. Froilan [[image:|150px]] Manila, Philippines Spouse Rafael Catalino (Nonoy) Froilan Other Name/s Edna Vida

Edna Vida's performing and creative career brought her recognition as one of the leading dance artists in the Philippines today. She essayed leading roles in full length classical ballets with Natalia Makarova, Martine Van Hammel, Fernando Bujones, John Meehan, Patrick Bissel and Yoko Morishita, to name a few. She is best remembered as the Firebird, Carmen and Myrtha in Giselle with Makarova and Morishita, as well as in major roles in the works of renowned choreographers Pauline Koner, Norman Walker, Alfred Rodriguez, George Balanchine, Doris Humphrey, Alice Reyes, Cora Inigo, Gener Caringal, Agnes Locsin and Denisa Reyes.

Her full-length ballets include Nutcracker, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, Ibong Adarna, Gardenia and The Little Tailor. Her modern contemporary works for Ballet Philippines, Ballet Manila and the Philippine Ballet Theater have been performed worldwide with critical acclaim.

Vida was Artistic and Associate Director of Ballet Philippines and Director of the CCP Dance School from 1983 to 1989 after which she opted to do freelance work. She has since danced and choreographed for CCP theater productions, musicals, film, television, ballet competitions and international productions. She also directs festivals, tours and special shows and writes for video documentaries.

She appeared as Lady Macbeth in Tanghalang Pilipino's Macbeth and in Gilda Cordero's Luna: An Aswang Romance. She had two solo exhibits as a visual artist at Megamall’s Gallery Y and the Penguin Gallery Café. At present Edna is a contributing writer for Town & Country. She also wrote for The Philippine Star, The Manila Times, Business Daily and The Daily Sun, the CCP Dance Encyclopedia and the Arts and Culture Yearbook, Sanghaya 2002 and the Indayog Dance Magazine of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

She served as Member and Vice-Head of the NCCA Dance Committee and has written dance modules for training workshops for teachers and choreographers. She shares her expertise as facilitator and resource person in dance lectures and creative workshops nationwide. For her contribution to the arts Edna received the Gintong Ina/Ama Famous Celebrity Mother Award (1992), City of Manila's Outstanding Artist Award (2002), the Maryknoll College Amazing Alumni Award and Bulacan’s Gawad Dangal ng Lipi Award (2004).