BINASUAN- PHILIPPINES: Dancing With Wine Glasses In Hand

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BINASUAN DANCE, PHILIPPINES

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Binasuan is a Filipino dance style which literally means “With the use of drinking glasses”. This “folk” dance is said to have originated from the island of Luzon located in the Philippines. This dance style is mainly performed during festive occasions such as a marriage. Furthermore, in this dance style performers hold full wine glasses in their hands while dancing.

History/origin of Binasuan:

There is no historical evidence available related to the origin of this dance style called “Binasuan” in the Philippines. However, it has been an integral part of the Filipino culture over the years. In fact since the country is extremely pious, it has been used by people down the years to express their gratitude towards god.  In addition, this dance is also performed during auspicious occasions such as a marriage.

Costumes used in the Binasuan:

The traditional “Balintawak” costume is used by the performers in this dance form.

Music involved in the Binasuan:

The musical instrument mainly used in this dance form is the Pitoy Oras.


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Training availability and the technique involved in the Binasuan:

In terms of “technique”, the performers in this dance rotate their arms over and under the shoulder in order to keep their palms facing upwards. In addition, while dancing the performers have to hold wine filled glasses in both hands. Furthermore, in this dance the performer has to ensure that the wine does not spill over during a performance. As for training centers/schools, there are none available around the world since this Filipino “folk” dance is mainly performed in Philippines.

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