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Philippine dance

As varied are the people of the Philippines, so too are the dances. There are many dances performed in the Philippine Islands such as the popular "Tinikling", to the exoticized "Pangalay", to the skill-based interpretation of the "Bangka" and Spanish-tinged "Jota". Dance categorizations range from geographic localization, to socialization functions, to dance influences, and time period.

Geographic localization

Presentation of Dances in the Philippines are often categorized in ethnic or geographic localization. These localization are often presented in the following:

  • Dances of the Cordillera Mountains (Igorot)
  • Dances of the Taga-Ummah (Muslim)
  • Dances of the Traditionalists (Lumad)
  • Dances of the Low-land Western-Christians

Societal function

Other less common presentations of Philippine dances have been categorized by societal functions. Philippine dances not only convey the artistry of movement, but are often associated with life-functions such as weddings, the mimicry of birds, or even the warding of evil spirits. This outlook on dance can be separated into the following categories.

  • Ritualistic dances
  • Mimetic dances
  • Life-cycle dances
  • Party dances

Dance influences

Another presentation of dances is through contrasting the influences of Southeast and mainland Asia with the influences of the Spanish and Americans.

  • Southeast Asian Influence
  • Mainland Asian Influence
  • Spanish Influences
  • American Influences

Time periods

The time period of each Filipino dance must also be taken into consideration. As culture is constantly evolving, dances often change along with the times. Philippine dances can be categorized in these time periods:

  • Pre-colonial
  • Spanish Colonial
  • American Period
  • Modern and Post-Modern

Contemporary outlook

As the popularity of Filipino Cultural Nights and the Folk Arts groups grow, so too does the need to create and recreate Philippine dance forms. Among these contemporary issues are the ideas of bringing the village dance into the stage, the connections among the various Philippine dances, the ownership of world-influence, and the dances of Filipinos from the diaspora.

  • From the Village to Stage
  • Interconnection of Philippine Dance
  • Filipinizing world influences
  • Dances from the Diaspora

See also


  • Dances of the Emerald Islesklentong

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