Philippine Maharlika Folklore Tanzgruppe Kaiserslautern e.V.


Dances of the Philippines

The Philippines is an archipelago consisting of numerous islands wherein different ethnic groups are living. There are about 120 different dialects spoken in the archipelago. Influences from long time conquerors can be seen in the way of life among the Filipinos, in the music and in dances up to now.

An evidence of European influence through the Spaniards can be seen by the Carinosa Dance. The Singkil, Kini-Kini or Malong dances are of Malayan origin. Ceremonies and cultic rituals are done with the accompaniment of dances and music which are still practised and passed on to the younger generation.

The Philippine Maharlika Folklore Tanzgruppe Kaiserslautern association is dividing the dances of the Philippines into 4 categories:

1. Northern Dances of the Cordillera Region

2. Rural Dances depicting the rural life

3. Spanish Dances showing some European influences

4. Muslim Dances of the southern Part of the Philippines