Balikatan Performing Arts

We are a group of individuals who enjoy entertaining and teaching the world about the Philippine Culture. We do this through our native dances and songs. The Philippine culture is very diversified. We embrace other cultures and add it to our own. This has made us a fusion of these different cultures (American, Spanish, Pacific islands, Asian).
In 1996, a group of friends were asked to perform native Philippine dances at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Garland, TX. This was to raise money for a new roof and pave the parking lot. The fundraiser was a huge success. Many who attended enjoyed the performances provided by this group of friends. During that time, another Church was planning a fundraiser and asked if they would do the same; Balikatan was formed.

Through time, Balikatan was asked to perform for many charity, community service and fundraising events. The dance troupe continued to grow and add more dancers and performers. The age and cultural background are very diversified. The dances and costumes have become more colorful and elaborate. Other functions and events that this dance troupe perform include: Good Morning Texas, State Fair of Texas parade, Dallas New Year's Parade, Taste of Dallas, Thanksgiving Square,Mayfest in Ft. Worth, Dallas Arts Festival and the 2000 Religious Delegates Meeting, just to name a few.

Balikatan at the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts

Songbird Multimedia and Target proudly presented 'The People Could Fly Arts Festival', a celebration of dance which was held on July 9th, 2011 at the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts, Hill Performance Hall.  The show featured Balikatan Performing Arts and several other performance groups representing varied cultures. It was an honor for us to open the show and be a part of this beautiful program.  Balikatan PA performed three dances from our Maria Clara suite.

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Balikatan at Devine Mercy Catholic Church

On Saturday June 11th, Balikatan performed two dances at the Divine Mercy Catholic Church on Cartwright in Mesquite.  Our performance was part of a day of good food and good dancing - a continuation of the Philippine Republic Day Celebration. The crowd was very enthusiastic as Balikatan performed the following dances:
Lawiswis and Polkabal

BPA at the International Fair

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church held an International Fair on May 21,2011. Balikatan performed three (3) mountain tribe dances of the Philippines in authentic costumes to a large audience.

Berkner Multicultural Night - March 08, 2011

The Berkner High School in Richardson held their Multicultural Night on Tuesday, March 8th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.  The purpose of Multicultural Night was to give students, parents and the community an opportunity to learn about a variety of cultures, try exotic food, and watch diverse and school spirited performances.

Balikatan Performing Arts performed three (3) mountain tribe dances of the Philippines in authentic costumes.

Filipino American Society Valentines Party - February 19, 2011

The Filipino American Society held their yearly Valentines party on Saturday, February 19th. Balikatan Performing Arts was been asked to perform for their dinner/dance party.

Filipino American Society Christmas Party - December 5, 2010

The Filipino American Society held their yearly Christmas party.  Balikatan Performing Arts was asked to perform for their dinner/dance party.

Balikatan performed the Maria Clara suite.
Location:   Maxim's Chinese Restaurant
                 310 Terrace Drive
                 Richardson, Texas 75081

Young At Heart Dinner Dance Celebrity Pageant - September 11, 2010

On September 11, 2010, starting at 7:00pm, in association with "Lita T. Cruz Production", a dinner dance honoring all grandparents and seniors was held at Maxim's Chinese Restaurant.  The event was a tribute to women who have reached the "Age of Elegance" (age 50 and over).  This was the first "Young At Heart Celebrity Pageant" to be held here in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.  Balikatan Performing Arts performed a series of Maria Clara dances.

Location:  Maxim's Chinese Restaurant
                310 Terrace  Drive
                Richardson, Texas 75081