Dancing became a big part of the Filipinos’ life, they express their feelings through dancing and they show their culture and beliefs through dancing. Filipinos have many dialects and it is hard for them to talk to each via conversation but with a presentation of a dance they can easily understand each other and know each other’s culture because Filipinos’ dance illustrate their way of living and what they believe.
Each ethnic group has their dances and each dance represent the culture and way of living of an ethnic group. In the Philippines somewhere in Northern part particularly at Kalinga of the Mountain Province they have this dance called Banga dance and it represent their way of living.
MORE FACTS ABOUT BANGA DANCE
Banga means Pots basically it can be called the Pots dance. The Banga dance is being performed by mainly female dancers. They wear a traditional Kalinga clothes which is weave clothing and a 5-8 pots placed on their head. The dance is accompanied by a music played by flute and bamboos being hit in the iron pots.
The Banga dance represents the way of living of the people in Kalinga, it shows how the native girls fetched a water for their families’ water supply for the whole week. This dance shows the balancing ability of the dancers while maintaining their poise and grace.
BANGA DANCE TODAY
It is sad that folk dances like Banga dance are not familiar with the younger generations today. They are more into modern dances like hip hop, Krumping and jazz but the good thing is there are still dance groups who chose to dance folk dances like Banga dance. Banga dance like other folk dances is being presented during cultural programs. It is also included in school curriculum to be able to introduce it to the young generations.