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ABARURAY

	"Abaruray" is a contraction of the words "Aba" and 
"Ruray". "Aba!" is an exclamation which is equivalent to "Hey!", 
"Hi!", or "Hail!" in English. "Ruray" is a nickname for Aurora. 
This dance is known in the Philippines be several names, such 
as "Hapayan", "Tagayan", "Pandango sa Baso", and "Abaroray". 
In any social gathering in the remote "barrios" of the Philippines, 
it is customary to offer wine to the visitors. The offering is 
usually made by a young lady. She goes around with a glass and a 
bottle of native wine offering a drink to the visitors. This wine 
offering is a signal for the beginning of folk dancing and singing. 
The musicians play the introduction of "Abaruray" music. The girl 
who is offering the wine picks out a young man from among the guests 
and offers him a drink. This is her way of hinting at her desire 
to dance with him. The young has to accept it or he commits a breach 
of etiquette and the girl is offended. His acceptance of the drink 
will signify that he will dance with the girl. He then stands and 
they begin dancing, with the girl leading him on. The girl dances 
with the glass of wine on her head from which the young man drinks. 
Her dancing skill is shown in her ability to keep the glass on her 
head and in not spilling a drop of the wine. The audience sing and 
clap their hands in time with the music. The description given below 
is the "Abaruray" from Tayabas.
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	COSTUME: The girl is dressed in "balintawak" and the 
		 boy in "barong tagalog" and long red trousers. 
		 Both dancers are bare footed.

	MUSIC is divided into three parts: Introduction, A and B.

	COUNT:  one, two, three to a measure.

	FORMATION. Partners stand opposite each other about eight 
		   feet apart. The girl stands at her partner right 
		   side when facing the audience. A few boys and 
		   girls may take part in this dance to represent 
		   the townsfolk attending a social gathering. The 
		   girls are dressed like the dancer. The boys 
		   are dressed in "barong tagalog" or "camisa de 
		   chino" and long trousers. They clap hands in 
	           time with the music.
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INTRODUCTION

Music Introduction A
	The girl goes around with the glass of wine in her right 
hand looking for a partner. She moves freely around using walking 
steps, close, and waltz steps alternately. She pauses once in 
a while as she looks for a suitable partner. She offers a drink 
to a chosen one. He accepts the wine, stands up after drinking, 
and follows the girl to the middle of the room. (the boy stands 
at the left side of the girl) ................................25 M
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I.
Music A.
	(a) The girl waltzes around in any direction, holding 
	    the glass with her right hand. Places the left hand 
	    on the waist. The boy follows the girl closely and 
	    he executes the same steps. Places hands on waist.16 M
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II.
Music B.
	Girl's Part:
	(a) The girl faces the audience. She takes four waltz 
	    steps sideward R and L alternately. Holding the 
	    glass in her right hand she moves it sideward R 
	    and L alternately.................................4 M

	(b) Takes waltz steps forward right and backward left (2 M). 
	    One waltz turn-right in place (two waltz steps) (2 M). 
	    Transfers the glass to the left hand. Bends the right 
	    arm forward and holds the elbow in front at shoulder- 
	    level. Places the glass on the crook of the right 
	    elbow.... ........................................4 M

	(c) Repeats the same steps as in (a) starting with the L 
	    foot. Holds the glass in left hand and moves it sideward 
	    L and R alternately...............................4 M

	(d) Repeats (b) starting with L foot. Transfers the glass 
	    on the right hand and places it on the crook of the left 
	    elbow.............................................4 M
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	Boy's Part:
		As the girl is doing the above steps, the boys 
	simultaneously executes the following steps around the girl.
	(a) Two waltz steps forward (R,L).....................2 M

	(b) One waltz-turn right in place (two waltz step). Arms in 
	    lateral position moving sideward R and L alternately.2 M

	(c) Repeats (a) and (b) three times more going counter 
	    clockwise around the girl.........................2 M
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III
Music B.

	Girl's Part:
		She stands in place while doing the following hand 
	movements: 
	(a) The girl takes the glass from her left elbow and holds 
	    it in palm of her right hand. Starting with the R hand 
	    down in front, she turns her head counter clockwise, 
	    raising it slowly and gradually upward to the top of 
	    the head. The glass is still in the palm of the hand.4 M

	(b) She takes the glass from her head and turns the hand 
	    clockwise bringing it slowly and gradually down to the 
	    starting position................................4 M

	(c) Repeat (a).......................................4 M

	(d) Places the glass of wine firmly on the head......4 M
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	Boy's Part:
		Boy's stands about six feet from the girl, in 
	front of her, with his left shoulder towards the audience. 
	He taps with the R foot and at the same time claps hands 
	on the second and third beats of every measure......16 M
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IV
Music A.
	
	Girl's Part:
	(a) With the glass of wine in her head, she executes a 
	    pivot turn with a point to the right and left alternately 
	    four times. Takes four measures for every complete turn. 
	    R arm in fifth position L hand holding the skirt when 
	    pivoting to the right. Reverses the hand position when 
	    turning to the left. "Kumintang" the raised hand clockwise 
	    every measure...................................16 M

	Boy's Part:
		Repeat the steps in figure II...............16 M
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V
Music A.
	
	Girl's Part:
	(a) Places the R foot in fifth position in front and bend 
	    the knees slightly. Holds the position for sixteen 
	    measures. Bends the L forearm in front of chest, 
	    horizontally, and R forearm upward vertically. The 
	    right elbow rest on the back of the L hand (palm down). 
	    "Kumintang" R hand clockwise (cts. 1, 2, 3). Reverse 
	    the position of the hands and "kumintang" counterclockwise 
	    with the L hand.

	(b) Repeat (a) once more.............................2 M

	(c) Arms in lateral position (waist level) moving sideward 
	    from right to left alternately four times "Kumintang" 
	    hands as above...................................4 M

	(d) Repeats all (a, b, c)............................8 M

	Boy's Part:
		Repeat the steps of figure 11, starting with L 
	foot and turning clockwise. Finishes at the left side of 
	the girl............................................16 M
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VI
Music B.

	(a) Partners stand about eight feet apart facing each other. 
	    Take six sway balance steps with a point, R and L 
	    alternately. Arms in fourth position, R and L arms 
	    high alternately................................12 M

	(b) Starting with the R foot, take 4 waltz steps forward to 
	    exchange places. Pass by each other's right shoulder. 
	    Arms in lateral position moving sideward R and L 
	    alternately......................................4 M

	(c) Repeat all (a and b) finishing in proper places.16 M
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VII
Music B.

	Girl's Part:
		Starting with R foot, execute waltz steps forward 
	going in any direction. Hands holding the "tapis" (apron) 
	or skirt, wiggling it forward and backward in tym with 
	the music...........................................14 M

	Boy's Part:
		Starting with R foot, executes two waltz steps and 
	a waltz-turn (R or L) following the girl closely. Turns 
	around her clockwise or counterclockwise.

		In doing the waltz-turn he swoops down like a hawk 
	near the girl. Swing the arm (L or R) downward-upward. Arms 
	are in lateral position moving sideward R and L (or L and R) 
	when doing the waltz step...........................14 M
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Saludo:
		The girl takes the glass from her head. Partners 
	stand side by side with the girl at the right side. Join 
	inside hands and girl turns counter clockwise under the 
	arch of their joined hands (cts. 1, 2, 3). Both bow to 
	the audience (cts. 1, 2, 3)..........................2 M
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