Classification of Philippine Folk Dances

           Abaruray-Courtship Dance                 Itik-Itik- Interpretative Dance        

Philippines comprises of more than 7, 100 islands with people of varied culture and traditions. This is one reasons why in the Philippines, we have so many dances for all occasions. Dances are characteristics of the natural reflex and response of the various groups and are of the different levels of the culture found in the Philippines.

Philippines folk dances are classified into these categories:

  • Festival Dances - These dances are suitable for special occasions or any social gathering.
  • Ceremonial or Religious Dances - These dances are performed in connection with religious vows and ceremonies.
  • Occupational Dances - These dances depict action of certain occupation, industry, or human labor.
  • Courtship Dances - These dances portray love-making or affection belonging to this classification.
  • War Dances - These dances are representation of performers illustrating struggle in a combat or duel.
  • Interpretative or Creative Dances - These dances depict movements of animals and things around us.  


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Magical Mystical Teacher said...


A touch of scarlet, a bit of red,
Ribbons of crimson around your head;
Everyone looking for color knows
Red is the hue that defines the rose.

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Scarlet Door

Meshlei Severino said...

i have already participated in an Itik-Itik dance and i feel so happy after the presentation because we were declared to have the best performance.. it wasn't only itik-itik but also many other different folk dances.. you feel unusually great having performed dances from your very own culture..

ricamaekate24_ybanez said...

Dancing makes me happy and if i am dancing sometimes in our house ,it takes away my stress.

charie.chael.lesoy said...

Dancing is very important not just to me but to all of us because without this we can be lonesome. i can express my feelings by dancing.whether happy or sad.And one thing i love mostly of dancing is that i can tell all the people that i also have a talent. And this i thank god.

tyyutuyt1 said...

is there only 5 or 9 ?

dante said...

dancing contributed a lot to my personality as a human boost my confidence at school...i can express my feelings through dancing...dancing really is my passion...and i encourage all the people to dance whether you are old or young....dancing has no exceptions...

Anonymous said...

i was a member of our university dance troupe and i have danced nearly every folk dance of the philippines from the cordilleran dances of luzon to the muslim dances of mindanao and i have to say, nothing beats the experience of being able to live in each and every moment just dancing these dances.

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