Douglas Nierras

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Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines
  • Artistic director
  • Choreographer
OrganizationDouglas Nierras Powerdance
  • Pasasalamat ng Bayan sa Sayaw Awardee (1998)
  • Gawad Alab ng Haraya (2001)

Douglas Nierras is the founder, artistic director, and choreographer of Douglas Nierras Powerdance. Creatively involved in dance over four decades, His present choreographic and teaching style is the distillation of influences from the various companies he became a part of as well as academic training in dance pedagogy, both here and abroad.[1]

Honours, decorations, awards, and distinctions

In 2019 Nierras received his Lifetime Achievement Award in Dance and was voted in Aliw Awards BEST Choreographer twice one in the 90's and 2nd in 2019 while Powerdance was elevated to the 2004 Hall of Fame of the ALIW Awards as Best Pop/Jazz Contemporary Dance Group for having won the award three years in a row (2001, 2002, and 2003) and won the best Ensemble for the Binondo a Tsinoy Musical 2019.[2][3] Furthermore, he gained the respect of the public sector when he received the “Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan sa Sayaw” Award during the Araw ng Maynila celebration on June 22, 2005.[4]

Nierras, is also highly recognized in Philippine mainstream media, gracing numerous major dance festivals and dance competitions as an esteemed judge. Among the competitions, he has judged and choreographed for are Starstruck of GMA 7, Stardance and I Can Do That of ABS-CBN, and Shall We Dance and Dancing Nation of TV 5. He has also judged for many local dance festivals such as the Sinulog Festival, and the popular Aliwan Festival.[5][6][7][8][9]

He also teaches movement for stage, choreography, and performance for actors, singers and dancers, Recently, garnering great reviews from the Musical “Maynila Sa Mga Kuko Ng Liwanag” and the recent Musical in The Theater in Solaire “Binondo A Tsinoy Musical” from his Outstanding Choreography.[10][11]

He was also commissioned to choreographed and direct for TV commercials, TV series, and Movies in the Philippines, to name a few, Fantaserye of GMA 7’s The Last Prince, Bong Revillas’ Movie Captain Barbel, Musical Movie EMIR commissioned by THE CCP, 90’s Tide Commercials, Sun Silk and Cream Silk Commercials and the renowned SARSI “Angat Ka Sa IBA” Commercial who is up until now is the basis of Ingenuity in Conceptualizing, Choreographing, and Directing TV ADS in the commercial industry.[12][13]

He is the 1st use, explore,s and developt 5D Performances with the use of Modern Visual Technology in the Philippines and also the first use and explore Aerial Dancing and adapting to and maximizing available technology in the Philippines.[14]

He is also commissioned to Direct and Choreographed Presidential State Visit Cultural Dinner Gala, to name a few, the United States of America President Barrack Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japanese Empress Michiko Shōda, Japanese Emperor Akihito and The 21 Presidential State Visit for The World Economic Forum hosted by the Philippines in 2014 and graced by the 21 Leaders Across The World.[15]

Aside from the said achievements, he is continuously working in his life-long mission to educate the people and future dance artist in the Philippines conducting Choreography Clinics[16] in different regions in the Philippines achieving great results, giving dance workshops and character development in various government to non-government organizations, together with his dance company POWERDANCE they established their own Scholarship Program that continuously giving FREE Scholarship to deserving but less privileged potential dancers.

Surely, it is priceless to embark on a noble resolve which has no other desire but to educate the mind, the temporal body, and the everlasting soul. True to the calling of being a teacher, the much-awaited Douglas Nierras Choreography Clinic was held last March 2008, after eight years, offering an intensive approach to teaching the making of dance derived from the Douglas Nierras Powerdance pedagogy. Douglas Nierras has continuously strived to reach out to the general public, with workshops, lecture demonstrations, outreach concerts, choreography clinics and faculty and student cultural enrichment seminars.[16][17]

Notwithstanding the varied awards and responsibility he undertakes in his various capacities as artistic director for his company, Douglas considers himself to be – Importantly and simply a Teacher.

In the media



  1. Nierras, Douglas (April 12, 2015). "In this dance workshop, learning need not end when the fun starts".
  2. Charm, Neil. "Sindak 1941 wins big at 2019 ALIW Awards | BusinessWorld".
  3. "MERGED: Silliman University - Page 50".
  4. Yuson, Alfred A. "Manila's Patnubay awards".
  5. "StarStruck Throwback: 'Terror Dance Mentor' Douglas Nierras vs. Batch 1 Survivors". GMA News Online.
  6. "Vanessa, nag-taping na para sa 'Stardance'".
  7. "Angel Locsin and Douglas Nierras to Seat as "I Can Do That" Special Judge this Weekend".
  8. " - Your favorite newspapers and magazines".
  9. "Aliwan Fiesta 2014: The Mother of All Fiestas".
  10. Jesus, Totel V. de (May 27, 2018). "'Binondo' musical is more than a love story of Chinese-Filipinos". ABS-CBN News.
  11. "Manila in the Claws of Light". June 16, 2020 – via Wikipedia.
  12. "Douglas Nierras". IMDb.
  15. "Cultural crisis #APEC2015". The Manila Times.
  16. 16.0 16.1 "The Power of Dance - Filipino Journal".
  17. "Douglas Nierras Powerdance to hold homecoming concert". Inquirer Lifestyle. September 23, 2012.

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