Tinikling Dance

Tinikling involves two people hitting bamboo poles on the ground and against each other in coordination with one or more dancers who step over and in between the poles in a dance. It originated in Leyte among the Visayan islands in central Philippines as an imitation of the tikling bird.

Once taught simply as a folk dance from the Philippines, it has recently become popular in the sports curricula of elementary schools as it involves skills similar to jumping rope. It’s now a new, fun form of aerobic exercise that also improves spatial awareness, rhythm, foot and leg speed, agility, and coordination.

Tinikling: Philippine Dance

There are now so many tinikling products available in the United States. Not just tinikling music CDs and dance-steps instruction DVDs, but also tinikling sticks and cords! For the authentic experience, you must find thick bamboo poles!

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Binasuan, Filipino Folk Dance

Binasuan is a colorful and lively dance from Pangasinan, a province on the island of Luzon. It is often danced at weddings and fiestas.

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Alcamfor (Philippine Dance)

Alkamfor is a couples dance from Leyte, a province of the Philippines located in the Visayas group of islands. In this dance, the girl holds a handkerchief laced with camphor, a substance that is locally thought to induce romance. She flirts with the man by waving her scented handkerchief in front of his face.

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Cariñosa (Philippine Dance)

The cariñosa is a Philippine folk dance of Hispanic origin. It is closely associated with the island of Panay and the Visayas region in general. The word cariñosa is from the Spanish cariñosa meaning the affectionate one. Most Filipina women can be described as karinyosa.

This is a courtship dance that portrays acts of flirtation between a man and a woman. The dancers perform steps resembling hide-and-seek movements. The woman holds a handkerchief or sometimes a fan.

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Kuratsa Dance

The Spanish-influenced Kuratsa or Curacha was once a very popular dance in different parts of the Philippines, particularly in the Visayas region.

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