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Jennifer Huynh

on 1 June 2015

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Transcript of Tinikling

Why is it called Tinikling?
Tinikling is named after the bird "tikling". Tinikling literally means "tikling like". The dance imitates the fast and elegant moves of the "tikling" bird as the bird dodges bamboo traps by rice farmers, flies over trees and walks between grass stems. The dance shows the bird's grace and quick movements between the bamboo poles.

What is Tinikling?
When people do Tinikling
Tinikling is performed on special occasions such as Filippino Independance Day and events like weddings. It is energetic and interactive. It is also a celebration of culture and pride. It even helps hand coordination, foot speed and rhythm. It is one of the Philippine's most famous dances.

Stylistic Features
While the dance is being performed, dancers always dance to some sort of Philippine Folk Dance song, following their traditions. Sometimes the music was simply created by banging two bamboo poles together. The dance uses many movements, but it's usually very bouncy, fast and energetic. Here is an example of the type of music dancers would dance to.
Tinikling is a traditional Fillippino folk dance. It consists of two people beating and sliding two bamboo poles on the floor while one or more dancers jump over the poles. Here's a quick routine with a pair of dancers.

Cultural Importance
Tinikling is a very important dance in the Filipino culture. The purpose of the dance is ceremonial and celebratory. Tinikling requires two items, bamboo sticks. They're tapped on the floor to make a beat.This dance started after the Spanish invasion when those who didn't obey the King of Spain's orders were punished by standing between two bamboo sticks. Talk about making the most of the worse situations! Tinikling is now practiced as a traditional Filipino folk dance attracting eyes from all around the world.
Women wear a Balintawak which is a dress with arched shouldered sleeves, and a Panuelo (handkercheif) over the shoulders.
Men wear clothing called Barong Tagalog which is a light , long sleeved shirt with an undershirt underneath paired with trousers.

Also, the dancers do not wear shoes or socks during the dance. The dance is to be done barefoot.
Geography and Climate of the Philippines
Tinikling is a traditional Filipino dance that originated in the Visayan Islands.
The Philippines has a tropical maritime climate. The average temperature is 27 degrees C and ranges usually between 23 degrees C and 32 degrees C. The northern islands are also commonly affected by seasonal typhoons which cause heavy winds and rains. The Philippines is an archipelago( a group of islands) in South Eastern Asia and is located between the Pacific Ocean and the South China Sea. The country divided into 73 provinces and has an area of 300,000 square kilometres.

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Happy Tinikling!
Barong Tagalog
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