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Do You Know What Binasuan Is?


Dancers (left to right): Julie Chan, Sabrina Lane-Smith, Karen Buenaventura peform during the Asian Pacific Hertage Month Luncheon at the Minuteman Club.

Philippines is a South-East Asian country, which is known for its rich cultural heritage. And Binasuan is a dance form which plays a significant role in the culture of this picturesque nation. Now, the question that might pop up in your mind is, what does Binasuan really entail? So, to answer this question here is presenting an analysis explaining all the essential facts that you need to know about this dance style.


A Filipino woman performing

a. What is Binasuan dance? 

‘Folk’ is the category under which this graceful dancing style falls. It basically involves the use of wine glasses, and is performed by both male as well as female. Furthermore, the music accompanying this dance is played in ‘three quarter time’. In addition, the  performer in this dance attempts to balance a full wine glass while moving his/her hands.

b. Where did Binasuan originate?

‘Pangasinan’ is a province in Philippines where ‘Binasuan’ (which means ‘with the use of drinking glasses’ when literally translated) first originated. It is mainly performed during festive occasions such as marriage.

c. Costumes used for Binasuan:

‘Balintawak’ is a traditional Filipino  costume is used in this folk dance. It includes: shortened skirt, with puffy butterfly short sleeves, plaid textile, low cut bodice, and at times plenty of ornate embroidery.

d.  Binasuan basic steps, What are they:

“Waltz like’ is the best way to describe the steps used in this folk dance. They are as follows:

1. The performer initially steps out towards the side of his/her right feet.

2. Then, he needs to bring his left feet in close contact to the right feet.

3. The right feet needs to be tapped.

4. Before finally, the sequence of three steps need to repeated.

In addition, while performing this basic three steps the dancer must balance a glass filled with wine placed on the head.

e.  Binasuan Folk Dance Youtube Video:

If you intend now to watch a ‘Binasuan’ performance after having read vital information about this dance provided above, here is presenting a Youtube Video:

It can therefore be concluded, that this Filipino folk dance requires a lot of ‘skill and grace’.

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