‘Ballerina’s Prince,’ Artlets alumnus Osias Barroso, Jr. dies at 58

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UST COMMUNICATION arts alumnus and renowned danseur Osias Barroso, Jr. died last Saturday, Dec. 16,  due to a prolonged illness caused by a stroke. 

He was 58 years old.

Barroso’s Ballet Manila co-founder, Liza Macuja-Elizalde, confirmed his death through a Facebook post.

“No more suffering. No more pain. Shaz (Barroso’s nickname),  I love you. I miss you. And I promise I will take very good care of what we built together,” Elizalde’s post read.

Barroso earned his communication arts degree at the University in 1986. He was also a member of the UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe.

Barroso joined the Philippine Ballet Theater in 1987 and co-founded Ballet Manila in 1995. He was awarded the Outstanding Thomasian Alumni Award in 2014 for his exemplary contribution to performing arts.

Dubbed the “Ballerina’s Prince,” Barroso was the only Filipino danseur to perform Don Quixote and Giselle in Russia.

In 2021, Barroso suffered from a progressive disease that affected his spine, causing him to quit ballet and turn to teaching. F – Barbra Althea Gavilan 

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