I would believe only in a God that knows how to dance

Dancing out of the dump.

Jessa Ballote is a 14 year old girl who grew up in Tondo, one of the poorest slum areas in Manila, near a huge dumpsite. She couldn’t expect much from her future, but things changed in the last four years since she got a scolarship to join the Manila ballet school.

She had never done any ballet but she was selected after an audition. It was tough in the beginning, but after some training she happened to be one of the best dancers of her age in the company and she now earns money from her performances and helps her family to have a better life. She dreams of becoming a ballet teacher.

© Biel Calderón & Eric San Juan – 2012

* The video coming soon

Acerca de Biel Calderon

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me” (Steve Jobs) Born in Mallorca, 1983. 18 years later I moved to Madrid to study BA Political Science, 2001-2006. I wanted to be a photographer. In 2007 I graduated MA Asian and Pacific Studies, Barcelona. I wanted to be a photographer. Finally, in 2007 I graduated MA Photojournalism. Since then I have collaborated with digital magazines, NGO’s and newspapers. And I became a photographer. Recently I have been exploring Multimedia Journalism along side my photography in order to test new ways of storytelling. Currently based in Bangkok.
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