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BAHAY - KUBO

	Among the Tagalog folk songs this is perhaps the easiest 
and best known by the children."Bahay Kubo" means nipa hut. The 
story of the song is this: the dancer talks about his or her nipa 
hut which is very small. It has a vegetable garden full of 
"singkamas", eggplant, "sigarilyas", peanuts, tomatoes, squash, 
onion, mustard, and other vegetables. This dance was arranged for 
small children. The dancers sings the words of the song as they 
dance.
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	COSTUME. The girls are dressed like farmerettes and the 
		 boys as workers in the fields. The sleeves of 
		 the "camisa"  of the girls and the boys and the 
		 trousers of the boys are rolled up. The girls may 
		 cover their heads with a neckerchief or any piece 
	              of cloth. The girls carry baskets of vegetables 
	              mentioned in the song and the boys carry any small 
	              farm implement which they can easily handle with 
		 their small hands.

	MUSIC. Has only one part of sixteen measures.

	COUNT. One, two, three to a measure.

	FORMATION. Partners stand opposite to each other about six 
		   feet apart. Girl stands at partner's right side 
	                when facing the audience. From one to any number 
		   may take part, the more the better.
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INTRODUCTION

	Three step turn right in place and bow to audience or 
	partner...............................................2 M
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I

		Sings the first verse. Girls carry the baskets with 
	both hands and boys their farm implements. Partners face each 
	other.
 
	(a) Take fourteen step swings sideward R and L alternately. 
	    Swing their baskets and implements to sideward R and L 
	    alternately.

	(b) Put the baskets and implement down on the floor out of 
	    the way of dancing.................................2 M
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II

	No Singing.
	(a) Starting with the right foot, partners take three steps 
	    forward to meet at the center (cts. 1, 2, 3). Point L foot 
  	    in front (cts. 1, 2, 3). Girls holding their skirts, boy's 
	    hands on waist.....................................2 M

	(b) Bend the trunk slightly to sideward right and "kumintang" 
	    right hand, left hand on waist (cts. 1, 2, 3)......1 M

	(c) Repeat (b) to the left. Reverse the position of the 
            hands..............................................1 M

	(d) Repeat (a) going backward, starting with L foot....2 M

	(e) Repeat (b) and (c), starting with the left hand....2 M

	(f) Repeat all.........................................8 M
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III
	
	Sings the second verse.
	(a) Take one waltz step sideward right (cts. 1, 2, 3) and one 
	    sideward left (cts. 1, 2, 3). Arms in lateral position 
	    moving sideward right and left.....................2 M
	
	(b) Point R foot in front (cts. 1, 2) close the same foot to 
	    the L (ct. 3). Place the left hand on waist, bring right 
	    hand forward with palm up on counts 1, 2 and bring it close 
	    to chest on count 3................................1 M	

	(c) Point R foot again in front (cts. 1, 2). Step the same foot 
	    close to 1 (ct. 3). Repeat the same hand movements in 
	    (b)................................................1 M

	(d) Repeat (a, b, c) starting with L foot. Reverse the  hand 
	    positions..........................................4 M

	(e) Repeat all (a, b, c, d)............................8 M
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IV

	No sing ing.
	(a) Take two sway-balance steps with a point (R, L), arms in 
	    fourth position, R and L arm high alternately......4 M

	(b) Starting with the R foot, take 4 waltz steps forward going 
	    to partner's place. Turn about on fourth waltz step. Partners 
	    pass by each other's right shoulder. Arms in lateral position 
	    moving sideward R and L alternately................4 M

	(c) Repeat all, finishing in proper place. Bow to partner or 
	    to the audience on last measure....................8 M

	EXIT. Take baskets and tools from the floor. Starting with R 
foot, execute waltz steps forward to exit. Use any native music in ¾ time.
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