Alvin Rumias Santos also know as Vhin Santos, one of the notable persons in the Philippine ballet world, is also among the persons I know who excel in their field of passion. He is one of those people who has been able to turn his passion into profit and currently helps his family with day to day expenses. He worked hard to develop his skills and innovate himself that is why he is still one of the people who maintained status quo in his field. Moreover, he treated ballet not as a mere art but as an endeavor to leave a legacy and not only as mere pastime but a means to entertain and impact his audience.

In this PsstPh Part of the Story Series, Alvin Rumias Santos talks to us about his Ballet career and his experience in the industry.

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Full Name and Alias: Alvin Rumias Santos aka Vhin
Instagram : @rastavhin
Location: Quezon City
Age: 31
Education: HS graduate
Occupation: Performing Artist
Guiding Principle : Nothing is permanent. Don’t stress yourself too much because no matter how bad the situation is… it will change.
Genre of Ballet : Classical ballet

Tell me something about yourself that people don’t know:
I’m a ballet dancer and I’m proud of it. Sobrang dali akong pakisamahan basta totoong tao ka. I’m a happy-go-lucky person pero may goals din ako na gusto ko ma-achieve. I love making people smile and laugh kaya mahilig ako mangulit at mangasar.saka syempre minsan seryoso dn…minsan lang :) basta…gusto ko parating masaya… At bukod sa lahat OC-OC (obsessive compulsive) ako

What is your current state of mind before we continue with the interview?
I’m 100% calm and happy.

How long have you been dancing and when did you start?
18yrs and counting 😁 I started around October of 1998

Did you go to school to ballet?
No, just With Ballet Manila.

What do people not know about the world of ballet?
Karamihan ang alam lang nila ay pang babae lang ang ballet. Hindi nila alam na madaming STRAIGHT at pamilyadong balerino.

How long did it take you to become a professional danseur ?
Siguro masasabi ko na naging professional ballet dancer ako nung time na naging finalist ako sa Ballet competition. Kase after that don na talaga umusad ang aking dance career.

What is the hardest thing about ballet?
Una para sakin yung wala akong musicality. Pangalawang kalaban namin eh ang mainjury. Kase walang nakaka alam kung makakasayaw ka pa ba o hindi na.

Alvin Rumias Santos as Pinocchio

Alvin Rumias Santos as Pinocchio

Who was your favorite pas de deux partner? Actually wala,because most of my performances soloist talaga ako.

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What are your favorite shows to see/be in?

Lahat naman ng shows kasama ako.hehe

Would you do anything differently? if so, what?
I want to try hiphop 😁

Do you have any tips/advice for aspiring ballerinas?
Sundin lang nila kung ano talaga ang gusto nilang gawin at gawin nila ito ng buong buo sa puso nila..

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career?
When I had my left knee surgery (ACL reconstruction)

Is there a certain way you and the other dancers have to/want to look?
None, because every dancer has their own style.

How ballet change your life?
Ballet is my life. It made me who I am today…

You’re one of the good danseur in Ballet Manila. Can you tell me how’s your experience in being a BM?
BM became my 2nd home and the teachers and my co dancers are my family. It taught me how to be disciplined in everything that I do.

I know you been working with some of the famous and influential people in the country but may I ask whom do you wish/dream to work with and why?
Ang tanong ako ba gusto nilang maka trabaho.? Haha

Any upcoming shows of Mr. Vin Santos and the Ballet Manila?
Yes po. This month gagawin po ng BM ang Cinderella. Ako naman po gaganap ulit na disabled person/angel sa KUTITAP para sa Xmas presentation ng BM at Star City sa December.

How do you see the Ballet industry 10 years from now? Growing.

How do you see yourself 20 or 30 yrs from now?
Have my own business and a full time dad ☺

What’s the best advice would you give to those who might want to join the ballet industry?
Ballet is not just a career. It involves passion and love for the craft.