SAYAW: Filipino Dances
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	Many people especially Filipinos are fond of dances.  
Our country is very rich in different native dances like Cariņosa, 
Tinikling, La Jota Banal, La Jota Caviteņo, etc. Many of us find 
it hard to enjoy and get information about dance at the same time. 
This proposed system would make it possible for us to enjoy and 
learn different native dances here in the Philippines by means of 
computerizing it. 

	Folk Dance, recreational or ceremonial dance performed 
usually by members of the community to which the dance is traditional. 
Varying criteria have been used to differentiate folk dance from 
other kinds of dance: For example, the dancers are said to belong 
to a certain economic level or come from certain locales; the steps 
are simple and repeated, so that any member of the community can 
participate; the dances require no audience; and they are passed 
down through many generations. Each of these criteria can be contradicted 
by dances that are indisputably folk dances, and in each of these 
criteria, folk dance overlaps with other kinds of dance.

	During the last few centuries many trends have affected folk 
dancing. As the spread of industrialization brought rural people into 
the growing cities, dances related to agricultural activities or to 
communal rituals gradually lost their meaning. In the changing 
circumstances of urban life, new dances evolved. Colonization also 
affected dances-frequently, indigenous forms fused with dances of the 
colonial powers. In the Philippines, for example, new dances developed 
when Spanish influenced dancers of traditional native forms and Islamic 
dance forms and styles.
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