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1. NATIONAL DANCES found throughout the islands. (e.g. Rigodon, Carinosa, Jota)
- Originated from Spain, this dance is commonly performed at formal affairs like
inaugural balls where prominent membersof the government participate and enjoy.
- Cariñosa is a word that describes an affectionate, friendly and lovable woman. This
dance is performed in flirtatiousmanner with fans and handkerchiefs to assist the
dancers hide-and-seek movements.
La Jota Manileña
- It is a dance named after the capital city of the Philippines, Manila, where an adaptation of Castilian
Jota afloatswith the clacking of bamboo castanets played by the dancers themselves. The costume
and the graceful movements of theperformers noticeably inspired by Spanish Culture.
2. LOCAL DANCES found in specific locality. (e.g. Tinikling-Leyte; Subli-Batangas)
- Tinnikling is considered the national folkdance with a pair of dancers hopping between
two bamboo poles held just abovethe ground and struck together in time to music.
Originated from Leyte Province, this dance is in fact a mimic movement of tiklingbirds
hopping over trees, grass stems or over bamboo traps set by farmers. Dancers perform this dance
with remarkable grace andspeed jumping between bamboo poles.
- This dance is one of the most popular dance in the Philippines and the favorite in
Batangas. This dance is simplyceremonial in nature and this is performed as homage to the Holy
Cross. The Holy Cross is known by the locals as the 'Mahal naPoong Santa Krus', and the Holy
Cross plays an important role in the development of the dance. In fact, the Holy Cross is
consideredat the center of the dance and without the Holy Cross the dance will not materialize.
1. OCCUPATIONAL DANCES depict actions of a particular occupation. (e.g. Planting, Punding)
2. RELIGIOUS/CEREMONIAL associated with religion, vows and ceremonies.
(e.g.Dugsu, Sua-sua)
3. COMIC DANCES depict funny movements for entertainment. (e.g. Kinotan,
4. GAME DANCES done with play elements. (e.g. Lubi-lubi, Pavo)
5. WEDSING DANCES performed during wedding feasts. (e.g. Panasahan)
6. COURTSHIP DANCES depict the art of courtship. (e.g. Hele-hele, Tadek, Pantomina)
7. FESTIVAL DANCES suitable for special occasions. (e.g. Pandanggo, Habanera)
8. WAR DANCES show imagery combat. (e.g. Sagayan, Palu-palo)
1. ACTIVE fast energetic movements. (e.g. Tinikling, Maglalatik, Polkabal)
2. MODERATE (e.g. Carinosa, Tagala)
3. SLOW (e.g. Pasakat, Amorosa)
4. SLOW AND FAST (e.g. Putritos, Habanera)
1. SQUARE (e.g. Rigodon, Los Bailes de Ayer)
2. LONG FORMATION dancers form 2 or more parallel lines. (e.g. Lulay, Sakuting)
3. SET consists of 2 or more pairs as a unit. (e.g. Binadyong, Haplik)