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