With the FEU Folk Dance Group as its forerunner, the FEU Dance Company is itself a legacy of the University’s wise, pioneering administrators. The Folk Dance Group was conceptualized in 1957 by National Artist for Literature Alejandro Roces, who was then dean of the FEU Institute of Arts and Sciences, in response to an invitation for schools to present Philippine folk dances at the Brussels World Fair of 1958. The group traveled to Europe in 1959, where they received standing ovations, and won in several world competitions in France and Spain, becoming the first university based Philippine dance group to garner such accolades.
The FDC won the 2014 Folk Dance Competition sponsored by the Bayanihan National Folk Dance Company in the Cultural Center of the Philippines which paved the way for their participating in the Cheonan World Folk Dance Competition in Korea in October, 2015.
Today’s FDC continues to win awards and adeptly performs almost every dance genre possible, from folk, jazz and ballet to ballroom and hiphop. Edward Malagkit, a former stalwart dancer of Ballet Philippines and the first ever male to dance the role of Peter Pan, is the group’s current artistic director.