The tinikling dance is a traditional Filipino folk dance. The dance was developed on the island of Leyte in the Philippines. Dancers precariously dance in and out of bamboo poles that are tapped and slided over the ground.
The dance is an imitation of the tikling bird avoiding bamboo traps. Another interpretation of the dance is that it was used as a form of punishment of Filipino workers by Spanish landowners.
Photo: Tinikling Filipino folk dance (Creative Commons: Marlon E.).
Video: Bayanihan Philippine Dance, Leyte Dance Theatre (source: YouTube).
What Costumes are Worn in the Tinikling?
Female dancers traditionally wear a dress called the balintawak. The balintawak is a colorful long dress with broad sleeves. Male dancers wear a barong tagalog. The barong tagalog includes a long sleeved shirt and red pants. Dancers dance with bare feet.
The bamboo poles are used as a percussion instrument. The poles are tapped on the ground and against one another faster and louder as the dance progresses.
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