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RIGODON DE HONOR
Transcript of RIGODON DE HONOR
Displaying a very strong Spanish influence, these dances were, nonetheless, "Filipinized". Typical attire for these dances are the formal Maria Clara dress and barong tagalog, an embroidered long-sleeve shirt made of pineapple fiber.
4/4 beat dancers executed six basic steps salute, zigzag, sway, visit, small and big chains.
Here are some steps:
WHAT IS RIGODON DE HONOR?
RIGODON DE HONOR
> is a square formationed dance.
> is a traditional dance from the Philippines that evolved from dances brought to the Pacific islands by Spanish settlers in the sixteenth century.
> represents a certain sense of elevated status among those who take part in it, and is often performed at galas, balls and other formal occasions celebrated by the rich and powerful, especially those in government
THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN DANCING RIGODON
This dance has a format, it has a story, containing about four to six parts (depending on the choreographer).
The dance itself has a romantic nature. Where, like most dances, the male or rather gentleman leads, while the lady follows.
Breathing is important it is what one uses to count. The dance is very rigid in the way steps are performed, as well as the proper timing as to when a step is to be performed. The dance when performed must be perfect.
The posture of the dancers is very important, one must always stand straight. The posture is almost the same as centering. In order to stand upright, one must find one’s center of gravty.
When meeting at the center of the square during the dance, men must give a slight bow to the woman opposite them, while the women curtsy. All participants are required to smile.
Nowadays, there are so many different versions of Rigodon performed. We don't know which one is really the original version.
Rigodon is a product of the more than three hundred years of Spanish subjugation of Filipinos.
In France it is known as
, but when it is introduced in the Philippines it is called
Rigodon de Honor.
No occasions began without Rigodon de Honor.
STEPS, MUSIC AND ATTIRE
More than being just a dance, the Rigodon de Honor is can be likened to a parade, where the men parade around, or show-off the women (their partners). Even though the music of the Rigodon (a.k.a. the quadrille) has a festive tune or melody, there is an underlying marching tune to it as well. The dancers may easily rely on the music to do the counting for them.
Today there are not that many who are competent enough, or are even capable of teaching how to dance the Rigodon de Honor.