Philippine dances derived from different things, from the environment, traits, occupations, everyday routines and animal’s moves. One of those dances is Itik-Itik, a dance that influenced by the movements of the duck.
THE STORY OF ITIK-ITIK- ITIK-ITIK HISTORY
Itik-Itik dance is originated from the dance from Visayas called “Sibay”. Sibay is a dance that also influenced by bird’s movements. According to the story, itik-itik history came to life when a girl named Kanang danced in the baptismal in Surigao. Kanang was known as the best dancer and singer during her time. When asked to dance Sibay, she became excited and eventually changed the steps to more similar movements to duck’s movements. The people like what she did and they all danced with her and imitate her movements. They call this dance “Itik-Itik” from the word Itik which means duck and that is the itik-itik history.
THE ITIK-ITIK DANCE
Itik-Itik dance is composed of pair dancers, one male dancer and one female dancer. The male dancer must wear barong Tagalog or camisa de chino and white trousers while the female dancer must wear balintawak style costume or patadyong.
The pair must be six feet apart; the female dancer is at the right side of the partner when facing audience. It can be danced by any numbers of pairs.
The dance steps are composed of the imitation of the duck’s movements which are the hands of the dancers are fold to imitate the wings of the duck. The dance foot steps are like the duck’s walk. The music is composed of two parts and dance is composed of three counts.
ITIK-ITIK DANCE IN MODERN TIMES
Today, Itik-Itik can be seen in school programs especially during Foundation Day, Linggo ng Wika program or any programs that commemorate nationalism. In the school, teaching Itik-Itik dance is part of the Physical Education curriculum. And because Filipinos are all over the world, some Filipinos also showcase Philippine folk dances like Itik-Itik in different countries.