Japanese – Filipina . Danced with a ballet company for 7 years. Currently a Ballet Teacher, Owner of Dance by Lina, finally finished taking my second degree in Accountancy and ready to take on my second Vaganova Academy teaching trip this 2020. I love to travel when I have the time. I’ll even force in a day trip or two even when I’m busy. Because to me there is more to life than just studying or being in a ballet studio all day. Life is meant to be lived, and shared through posts and dance.

24 thoughts on “About

  1. yvonne says:

    Hi Lina,

    Thank you for coming to Tonchaya last night. We hope you enjoyed the Japanese fare served, and as you said, home-cooked style like your mom does. We look forward to having you at the restaurant again.


  2. Kitty and Vince says:

    Thank you for dropping by! Great blog, lovely pics. Looking forward to more of your adventures. : )

  3. Kurt Johnson says:

    I really like your blog. Hope to visit some of the places you visited in Philippines and Thailand. If you ever come to Washington, DC, I would be happy to serve as your tour guide! Best regards, Kurt Johnson

    • thebackpackingballerina says:

      Thank you so much for the compliment. If you are ever in the Philippines please do tell me and I will give you some tours and tips as well.

      If ever i do go back to the US anytime soon I will take you up on that offer! Thank you.

  4. Kurt Johnson says:

    Thanks, Lena! I will definitely let you know when I am planning a trip to PI. I especially want to visit Palawan. BTW, my daughter has danced ballet since she was 3…she is almost 20 now. Never a professional, but she danced for a local company for high school students and now dances with a student company at her university. Take care, Kurt

  5. crazysumsum says:

    I’m glad to have found your blog, it is great. I read several articles on your blog and I think it is useful for the tourists =)

    Let me introduce myself, My name is Sam, a HongKonger who love travel. Two months ago, I had created a attractions based travel site which aims to connect the bloggers and the tourists. Bloggers can share their articles about an attractions and let tourists find the useful travel articles more easily, just like an index of blogs and attractions. I know you write a lots of articles about different attractions and i believe you will write more in the future, so I would like to invite you to join our community and share your articles to let the tourists can read your travel story and build a unique travel guide together.

    Look for your reply, hope you all the best!



  6. M says:

    Hi, your blog is very pretty! I am visiting the Philippines next week, where is a good place to take ballet class? I am not professional but at an intermediate level. Is there anywhere to buy dance clothes in Manila?

    • thebackpackingballerina says:

      Hi M! You could take ballet class in Perry Sevidal ballet thats in Makati they have ballet for all ages and even for adult ballet in case that interests you. That is pretty intermediate.

      Then for dance clothes you could purchase them at The dance store PH. I wish I could help bring you around but sadly I will be in Singapore for a masterclass from the 25-29th of February. I also sell ballet clothes on my website that ships around the Philippines on dancebylina.com but all my leotards are at The dance store PH. ❤ Hope this helps you.

  7. Yolanda Tanpascual-Li says:

    Hi Lena,
    Thanks for providing this blog.
    I am an adult ballet student. I am looking for a medium length printed ballet soft or chiffon adult skirt to match my new bright red leotard. I am a Chinese- Filipina based in Sydney and I will be travelling soon to Taiwan this month. I wonder if Tutu shop will have the printed skirt.
    Hope to hear from you.

  8. Nicole says:

    Hi Lena,

    Thank you for your blog, it has been very helpful for our upcoming trip to Japan. We are traveling with our 15 year old niece who is also a talented ballerina (currently studying ballet full time at VCA in Australia) although we are on holidays our niece will still need to do a few classes each week to keep up her ‘ballet fitness’ we will go to both places you recommended in Tokyo, we are then traveling on to Kyoto and then Osaka I’m wondering if you have heard of any similar dance schools that offer a high standard of casual classes in either of these cities.

    Kind regards Nicole

    • thebackpackingballerina says:

      I am not as familiar with Kyoto and or Osaka! Maybe next time I will update this blog for that. Thank you so much for the support and Im happy it was helpful. I’ll be updating the list of this blog soon also for tokyo goers.

  9. Elizabeth says:

    Your blog is wonderful! I also have greek feet and am using Russian Pointe Brava, but they are not that comfortable. What style shoe do you recommend for our special feet?

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