On Dancing

I used to love dancing... I used to record the dancing of Vicor dancers, OctoArts dancers and the Manuevers from TV shows back in the Philippines. From there, I would practice and learn the whole dance. I even wanted to be part of the Vicor dancers... hehehe... but I don't think I could wear their dance outfits [mini skirts and tights...].

Back in grade school, I remember dancing the Pandango sa Ilaw and the La Jota Manileña. I wish I had pictures of those days.

One of the things that I wanted to learn was the Tinikling dance. Last month, we had our Filipino Christmas party among my co-workers at the airport. One of our supervisor did a Tinikling dance, a few short steps but she's good.

I even performed some chinese dance at my papa's class reunion with the use of a chopstick and tambourine [pictured on the right].


Have you tried any one of these folk dancing?

Tinikling -

Tinikling is considered the national folkdance with a pair of dancers hopping between two bamboo poles held just above the ground and struck together in time to music. Originated from Leyte Province, this dance is in fact a mimic movement of "tikling birds" hopping over trees, grass stems or over bamboo traps set by farmers. Dancers perform this dance with remarkable grace and speed jumping between bamboo poles.

Pandanggo sa Ilaw -

The word pandanggo comes from the Spanish dance "fandango" characterized with lively steps and clapping while following a varying ¾ beat. Pandanggo requires excellent balancing skill to maintain the stability of three tinggoy, or oil lamps, placed on head and at the back of each hand. This famous dance of grace and balance originated from Lubang Island, Mindoro.

La Jota Manileña -

It is a dance named after the capital city of the Philippines, Manila, where an adaptation of Castilian Jota afloats with the clacking of bamboo castanets played by the dancers themselves. The costume and the graceful movements of the performers noticeably inspired by Spanish Culture.

~ Pictures are from the internet ~


evi said...

i did dance numbers in HS but i like modern dances. i think i did padango for linggo ng wika. mahina na memory ko. in college, mostly interpretative dances for the religious org that i was with.

ah! kung mahilig ka sumayaw, gusto kitang kasama. hehe...

Toni said...

Hi Jo! Oh I am not into dancing. I have two left feet! There is no grace or coordination in me. Quite frustrating! Those dance activities required at school were the only times I ever really danced.

HiPnCooLMoMMa said...

yep i did! I'm so much into dancing too. Dream ko din sumayaw sa tv, hehe

MommyBa said...

How I wish I could dance. Pero 'di talaga pwede kahit anong pilit. Parehong kaliwa ang paa ko.

Sabi ko nga, pakantahin mo na ko maghapon magdamag, wag mo lang ako pasayawin. It's a frustration and I can't do anything about it. Hehehe!

Junnie said...

san ka nga ba dun sa dancing pic mo, yung sa harap o sa likod?

i dont dance...if ever you do see me, kailangan close tayo :) hahaha

JO said...

Hi Evi,
I love to dance but I hate discos! Music are too loud!

Hi Toni,
I am too shy to dance in public and on stage, like you, I was just forced into it by the school.

Hi Girlie,
I would love to try your belly dancing... galing daw pampapayat!

Hi Liz,
Sige, you sing and I will dance!

Hi Junnie,
I'm the one in the orange. Naku, si hubby din parehas kaliwa ang paa.