After 12 years of artistic pursuits, the Leyte Dance Theater can rightfully claim the title of “the premiere dance company” in the Visayas-Mindanao rim and one of the top dance companies in the country today. The acclaim and recognition, accrued through the years of performances in major cultural centers in the country and abroad and even in the remotest towns, are testimonies to the excellence we pursue in the field of dance.
The LDT was formerly known as the Danzz Corp, a homegrown, community based dance troupe composed of young students with common love for dance. From this batch sprung Douglas Nierras, now the Artistic Director/Choreographer of the Power Dance and later Danny Marshall, now lead dancer of Power Dance. When the founder joined the Leyte Normal University, he brought with him, his dance troupe and established the Academy of Arts at the University. From the ranks of the student of the Academy came Alden Lugnasin, erstwhile choreographer and now the Associate Artistic Director of Ballet Philippines.
In 1993, the Danzz Corp changed its name to Leyte Dance Theater. The singular appeal of LDT’s performances lies in the dynamic infusion of western techniques and indigenous movements and steps, that glosses over the exotic and the mystifying. The company has ever since been identified for fusing ethno-folksy and mimetic actions; a distinctive style that is visually rich, emotionally stirring and truly riveting. Its theatrical identity is intense, flippant, pleasantly endearing and artistically awesome in its totality.
Today, the LDT continues with its dance production and trainings. With the grants and subsidies it receives from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the Provincial Government of Leyte, the Leyte Park Resort and Fil-American friends, simultaneous dance trainings are accorded to children coming from public schools, both elementary and secondary, and out-of-school youth and the LDT performing group. These programs of training, production and performance make LDT a venue for dance development, artistic excellence and national pride.