MARIA CLARA SUITE
A dance whose words are sung in "Chabacano-ermitense,"
a hybrid of Spanish that was only spoken in the Ermita district
before the turn of the century and today is extinct. The dance
itself is a flirtatious one that involves graceful use of the
pañuelo, or shawl, and tambourines. Aray means "ouch" in Tagalog.
Derived from the Spanish "valse" (waltz), this dance
was popular in Marikina, Rizal province, during the Spanish times.
Balse was performed after the lutrina (a religious procession), and
the music that accompanied the dancers was played by the musikong
bungbong (musicians using instruments made of bamboo).
A folkdance of Cuban origin which became popular in
the late 19th century. The Danza is a social dance in duple time and
performed in a ballroom or on a stage.
Displays a Castillan influence with Zapateados
(footwork), Lobrados (arms), and Sevillana style of dress. The
ladies wave their mantón, or decorative shawl, while the gentlemen
keep brisk pace with bamboo castanets.
This dance is a traditional ballroom dance popular
in Bohol and in other provinces during the Spanish times.
This dance, named after the jingle-less tambourines
carried by the females, originates from Tanza, Iloilo. From December
16 to January 6, a group of people in the Visayan regions go from
house to house to sing Christmas called "Daigon." In some regions
the song is usually followed by some dances, and "Las Panderetas" is
one of those dances.
Meaning "two-step," the name is actually a misnomer,
as it is an ordinary walking or marching step called the "one-step".
The term refers to the stirring marching music played as background
music at bullfights and fiestas throughout Spain.
A dance influenced by two distinct European styles:
polka and valse.
This elegant dance was brought to the Philippines by
the Filipinos who returned from their travels abroad during the
Spanish era. This dance takes its name from its opening performances
at formal affairs such as the President's Inaugural Ball. Members of
government, including the President and First Lady, diplomatic
corps, and other state officials usually participate in the Rigodon.
Traditionally, a ballroom waltz dance would follow the Rigodon.
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