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Developed during the colonial rule of the Spanish is a “Filipino” dance style known as Tinkling. This “folk” dance is said to have originated from an island called Leyte in the Philippines. This dance is said to be traditionally performed to “Rondalla” music.  Furthermore, this dance basically involves imitation of movements seen in a bird known as “Tikling”. In addition, apart from being performed in the Philippines this dance style is also extremely popular in the United States of America and is taught in schools as a component of physical education.

a. History/origin of the Tinkling:

According to the cultural history of the Philippines, this dance form is said to have been “created and developed” on the island of Leyte located in the Visayas region. Apparently, this dance was created by imitating body movements seen in a bird called Tikling, and hence has aptly been named Tinkling. Furthermore, this dance over the years has become so popular that it is being taught in schools in the United States of America as a form of aerobic exercise. In addition, this dance in the Filipino culture is mainly performed during certain special occasions such as Independence Day.

b. Costumes used in the Tinkling:

The costume used in this dance form varies depending on the gender, and they are as follows:

1. For males:

The attire worn includes a traditional embroidered shirt known as “Barong Tagalog” and red trousers.

2. For females:

The attire worn includes:

  1. Balintawak: Colourful dresses possessing wide arched sleeves.
  2. Patadyong: A pineapple fiber blouse and checkered skirts.

c. Music involved in the Tinkling:

The musical instruments used in this dance includes stringed instrument such as bandurrias, guitars, laudes, octavinas, and ukuleles. Furthermore, the music in this dance style involves the use of a triple meter.

d. Training availability and technique involved in the Tinkling:

In terms of technique, the performers dance to the rhythm of music used by passing through rapidly moving sticks made from bamboo. Furthermore, the performers while dancing hold their hands behind their back. In addition, as the tempo of the music increases the pace of the body movements becomes rapid. As for training centers/schools, training for this unique ”folk” dance is provided in schools all across United States of America.

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