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
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.