philippine dance terms in folk dance

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Some dance terms used in Philippine folk dancing,



DANCE TERMSREPORTED BY: GROUP 51. Abarsete Girl at the R side, holds the R arm of partner with her L hand free down at sides.2. Arms in lateral position both arms are at one side, either R or L.

3. Arms in reverse T position Arms are horizontally sideward, elbows at right angles, forearms parallel to head, elbows are at shoulder level, fist slightly closed, facing each other.4. Bilao bend elbows close to waist, hands in front, fingers point forward, palms down. Turns hands up and down alternately.5. Brush to hit the floor with the ball or heel of one foot after which that foot is lifted from the floor in any direction.

6. Cabecceras dancers are in a square formation; the couples occupying the width of the hall.7. Cast-offdancers are in a longway formation, head or lead couple countermarch outward to the end of the line where the last couple was., countermarch inward to proper places.8. Clockwise following the directions of the hand of the clock. The R shoulder is toward the center of an imaginary circle.9. Costados dancers are in a square formation; the dancers are occupying the length of the hall are called costados or side couples.

10. Counterclockwise the reverse direction of clockwise L shoulder is toward the center of an imaginary circle.11. Cross-over two couples are opposite each other. Each couple proceeds in a straight line to the opposite place. The girls pass their L shoulders between the boys. Boys bow to each other when they meet at the middle or about one third of the way, then proceed to the opposite place. Upon reaching the opposite place, partners turn R about, girls stand at partners right side.12. Curtsy point the R foot in rear of the L foot; bend knees slightly.

13. Cut to displace quickly one foot with the other.

14. Do-Si-Do (dos-a-dos) partners are facing each other. Starting with the R foot, take 3 walking steps forward to partners place passing each other by the R shoulders; step the L foot across the R foot in front; without turning around, take three walking steps backward, to proper place. Close L to R.

15. Folded arms bend arms in front of the chest and put one forearm on top of the other.16. Free footthe foot not bearing the weight of the body17. Free Randthe hand not placed anywhere or not doing anything.18. Hapay to flourish or offer a handkerchief or glass of wine to somebody as a sign of invitation.19. Hayon-Hayon to place forearm in front of the waist and the other at the back of the waist.20. Inside Hand/Foot the hand or foot nearest ones partner when standing side by side.21. Jaleo R hand on waist, elbows almost touching, partner turn around once clockwise using any kind of dance steps.22. Kewet with fist slightly closed, thumb sticking out turn the wrist outward.23. Kumintang moving the hand from the wrist either in clockwise or counter-clockwise direction.24. Link elbows or hook elbows hook elbows with partner or any dancer.25. Masiwak turn the hand from the wrist counter-clockwise then raise and lower wrist once or twice. This is an Ibanag Term.26. Outside hand/foot the hand or foot away from ones partner when standing side by side.

27. Pandayak to stamp, in front or at the side with the R foot and tap with the same foot close to the L foot.28. Place to put the sole of the whole foot in a desired position without putting the weight on it.29. Point to touch the floor lightly with the toes, no weight.30. Salok to swing arm downward upward to fifth position passing in front of the body as if scooping. The trunk is bent forward following the movement of the arm doing the salok.