Dancing is a universal art. Every nationality has its own kind of dance and every individual has its own way of expressing themselves through dance.
The Philippines has 7,107 islands and has different races in each islands. Each race has their own customs and beliefs but what makes them similar to each other is the love for dance.
The Philippines has a long list of their traditional dances. Each dance has its history and meaning of the dance.
THE DANCES OF THE ANCESTORS
Even before the Spanish conquered the Philippines, Philippines’ ethnic race has its own dances. Every race has their kind of dance and each dance has its own meaning. Dancing let them express what they feel and in some race, this is how they praise their gods and give respect to their leader and visitors.
Philippines ancestor gets their dance movements from nature, they copy animal actions and put it into a dance and some dances derived from the actions of the people on their daily routines. Some dances depend on how the ethnic group lives and it depends on their geographical location.
The ancestors dance when there is a social event such as weddings, birthdays or welcoming of the town’s special guests. Filipinos also used dances when they ask for blessings to their gods or driving away evil spirits.
DANCE INFLUENCE FROM OTHER COUNTRIES
When the Spanish came to the Philippines one of the things they taught to the Filipinos is their traditional dances and because Philippines had many visitors aside from Spanish. Filipinos learned different dances from different countries one of those dances are Cariñosa a danced taught by the Spaniards and Swing from the Americans. Their cultures had an influence in Filipino’s dances. All those dances have its meaning and purpose.
FILIPINO DANCE IN THE PRESENT TIME
Though we are in modern times, there are still racial groups who are still dancing their traditional dance. It shows how much they respect their ethnicity. In some programs Filipinos still showcasing their traditional dance to show the people how beautiful the Philippine’s folk dance is and to show the creativity of the Filipinos.
From traditional dances Filipinos learned modern dances from different countries. They learned ballet, modern dance, Hip Hop, Krumping and other kinds of dance. And now Filipinos is making name for being one of the great dancers in the world by getting numerous awards from different competitions.
Through the years Filipinos can still express their feelings through dancing and their love for dancing is undeniable.