Junmark Sumaylo is now part of the story

Junmark Sumaylo is one of the hottest danseur in the Ballet Manila and aside from being a danseur he is also a hobbyist photographer and he excels in it. One of his favorite ballet show in Ballet Manila is Carmen. Carmen talks about love, lust and sacrifice.

In this PsstPh Part of the Story Series, Mr. Junmark Sumaylo talks to us about his ballet career and his experience in the industry.

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Full Name and Alias: Junmark A. Sumaylo “Mark”
Instagram: marbiphotography
Location: La Verti Residence, Pasay City
Age: 30
Education: BSed Major in PEHM
Occupation: Professional Ballet Dancer
Guiding Principle: Learn to seek and you shall find
Genre of Ballet: Classical

Tell me something about yourself that people don’t know:
I love to clean.

What is your current state of mind before we continue with the interview?
With a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon in my hand, very relaxes.

How long have you been dancing and when did you start?
I have been dancing professionally for 4 years. I started some ballet training in 2007, but in 2009 I stopped dancing. I picked it up again in 2013.

Did you go to school to ballet?
Yes. I went to Grace and Pointes Dance Center in Cagayan de Oro City.

What do people not know about the world of ballet?
Not many people realize what goes into a performance. Not just the rehearsals it involves but prior to any performance, dancers have their own rituals. So, we need to do a class before performing, there’s blocking and sometimes last minute adjustments. It’s not just arriving somewhere and dancing straight away. There’s a process.

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How long did it take you to become a professional danseur ?
It’s a different story to most. I came from a different genre of dancing, cultural dancing. So I transitioned into Ballet when I saw Angel Corella dancing Basilio’s variation from Don Quixote on Youtube. I was so curious to why he was flying and turning like a top. So I started Ballet but for 2 years. I stopped for 4 years because I needed to look for regular work to support my family and my needs. But I went back because I wasn’t satisfied with my work and i just had to give dancing a try. And fortunately it worked and I started in Ballet Manila as a scholar in 2013, was promoted to Apprentice, Company Artist and then Demi-Soloist in the same year.

What is the hardest thing about ballet?
Dealing with my own frustrations. Competing with yourself takes a toll on you and it’s difficult sometimes to find a distraction.

Who was your favorite pas de deux partner?
My girlfriend, Abigail Oliveiro. It feels real whenever I dance with her. I don’t need to pretend.

What are your favorite shows to see/be in?
CARMEN. Because simply because I like the character and its very me. I’ll do anything for love no matter what it takes.

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Would you do anything differently? if so, what?
If given a chance to time travel and go back, I would start Ballet at the age of 8 and definitely not stop for 4 years.

Do you have any tips/advice for aspiring ballerinas?
Respect the art, your teacher, dance mates and most of all, Work Honestly.

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career?
When I was diagnosed with a stress fracture on my left shin.

Is there a certain way you and the other dancers have to/want to look?
I think in general you have to look and be fit.

How ballet change your life?
It changed my life in many ways. I get to travel abroad, it taught me discipline, how to present myself, it gives me confidence and I met my inspiration through Ballet. (Abi).

Your one of the good danseur in Ballet Manila can you tell me hows your experience in being a BM danseur?
I feel very lucky to be in Ballet Manila and I appreciate what they have taught me. Ballet is hard work but dancing in Ballet Manila brings me joy.

I know you been working with some of the famous and influencial people in the country but may I ask whom do you wish/dream to work with and Why?
I don’t have any specific name or person in mind right now but one day I hope to collaborate with Filipino choreographers because I want to help the country promote the works of local choreographers as we have a lot of talented artists.
Any upcoming shows of Mr. Mark Sumaylo and the Ballet Manila?
Surprise! **(Ballet Manila hasn’t officially released the Season line up so we’ll have to wait for that before I can announce it) 🙂

How do you see the Ballet industry 10 years from now?
Blossoming. There are so many up and coming dancers!

How do you see yourself 20 or 30 yrs from now?
Settled down with a family.

What’s the best advice would you give to those who might want to join the ballet industry?
It’s never too late. If you want to dance, you have to do it and there is no other way but to do it.

Photo grab from the official facebook page of Junmark Sumaylo

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