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BAKYA DANCE

		"Bakya" means wooden shoes. They are the common 
	footwear of the poor in the "barrios". During the rainy 
	season almost all people wear them. They are made in 
	different materials, colors, and shapes. This dance is 
	very interesting and lively. In a playful mood, young 
	boys and girls are supposed to be teasing each other 
	rhythmically with their "bakya".
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	COSTUME. Girls wear "balintawak" and boys "barong tagalog" 
		 with red trousers. All have on "bakya".

	MUSIC is divided into four parts: A, B, C, and D.

	COUNT: one, two, three to a measure of ¾ time and one, 
	       two to a measure in 2/4 time.

	FORMATION. Partners stand opposite each other about six 
		   feet apart. The girl stands at partner's right
		   when facing the audience. From two to any number 
		   of even pairs may take part.
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				INTRODUCTION
Music Introduction

	With the weight of the body on the L foot, tap R in fourth 
	in front (ct. 1). Tap in second (ct. 2), stamp on the same 
	foot close to the L in first position (ct. 3), stamp L in 
	place (ct. 1), pause (cts. 2, 3)......................2 M
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Music A.

	(a) Take one waltz step forward R (cts. 1, 2, 3), and one 
	    waltz step backward L (cts. 1, 2, 3). Girls holding 
	    skirts, boy's hands on waist......................2 M

	(b) Take one sway balance with a point, starting with the 
	    R foot. Arms in fourth position, R arm high.......2 M

	(c) Repeat (a) and (b), starting with the L foot. Reverse 
	    the arm positions in (b)..........................4 M

	(d) Repeat all (a, b, c) three times.................24 M
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Music B.

	(a) Partners take two waltz steps forward (R, L) to meet at 
	    center. Arms are in lateral position moving sideward 
	    right and left....................................2 M
	 
	(b) Turn right about to a back-to-back position with partner. 
	    Take one waltz step sideward right (cts. 1, 2, 3) and 
	    one waltz sideward left (cts. 1, 2, 3). Girls holding 
	    skirts, boy's hands on waist. Turn head to right and 
	    left to look at partner...........................2 M

	(c) Turn right about to face each other. Execute one waltz 
	    step sideward right (cts. 1, 2, 3) and sideward left 
	    (cts. 1, 2, 3). Hands as in (b)...................2 M

	(d) Step R foot backward (cts. 1, 2), step L backward (ct. 3). 
	    Close R foot with the L without putting weight on the R 
	    foot (ct. 1), pause (cts.  2, 3). The steps are heavy 
	    like stamping.....................................2 M

	(e) Repeat all (a, b, c, and d) three times more.....24 M

	Note: On the fourth time do the heavy steps in place (d) so 
that partners are near each other at the end of this figure.
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Music A.

	Partners take off their wooden shoes and sit down in a 
semi-squat or full knee bend position facing each other. Hold one 
wooden shoe in each hand by the heel.
	(a) Girls: Strike own "bakya" together once (ct. 1), strike 
	    left "bakya" on the floor followed immediately by the 
	    right in the same manner (ct. 2 or and 2), strike left 
	    "bakya" once again on the floor (ct. 3)..........1 M

	(b) Girls repeat (a) three times more................3 M

	Note: Boys rest and watch the girls as they do this 
movement (4 M).

	(c) Boys repeat (a, b)...............................4 M

	Note: Girls rest and watch the boys (4 M)

	(d) Boys and girls together. Strike own "bakya" together 
	    once (ct. 1), strike left "bakya" once on the floor 
	    (ct. 2), right "bakya" once on the floor (ct. 3).1 M

	(e) Repeat (d) five times more.......................5 M

	(f) Partners: Strike own "bakya" together once (ct. 1), 
	    strike both "bakya" with partner's twice (cts. 2, 3), 
	    strike own (both) "bakya" on the floor (ct. 1), pause 
	    (cts.  2, 3).....................................2 M

	(g) Repeat all (a, b, c, d, e, and f)...............16 M

	Note: At the last measure partners stand and quickly go to 
proper places (Last two counts).
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Music B.

	Partners still hold their own "bakya"
	(a) Starting with the R foot, take two waltz steps forward 
	    to meet at the center. Hands hanging loosely at the 
	    sides............................................2 M

	(b) Strike own "bakya" together once (ct. 1), pause (ct. 2), 
	    girl feigns striking partner's head with her right 
	    "bakya" while boy bend knees and evades being hit  
	    by covering his head with his two "bakya" so that the 
	    girl strikes his "bakya" instead of his head (ct. 3).1 M

	(c) Partners turn right about so that they are in a back-to-
	    back position. Immediately strike own "bakya" together 
	    once (ct. 1), pause (ct. 2), girl strikes left "bakya"  
	    of the boy with her right once (ct. 3)...........1 M

	(d) Strike own "bakya" together once (ct. 1) pause (ct. 2), 
	    girl strikes right "bakya"  of the boy with her left 
	    once (ct. 3).....................................1 M

	(e) Turn right about so that partners are facing each other 
	    again.

	(f) Strike own "bakya" together once (ct. 1) pause (ct. 2), 
	    girl strikes the boy again, as if aiming at the faces 
	    but he evades it by covering the face and bending the 
	    body down (ct. 3)................................1 M

	(g) Starting with the R foot, partners take two waltz steps 
	    backward to places, boy shaking the right "bakya" to the 
	    girl as if saying "beware".......................2 M

	(h) Repeat all (a, b, c, d, e, and f), this time boys doing 
	    the hitting movements and the girls evading the blows..8 M

	Repeat all (a, b, c, d, e, f, and g)................16 M

	Note: The hitting movements should be vigorous and natural.
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Music C. Play four times.

	Dancers put on the "bakya" as quickly as possible. The music 
is not played  until they are ready.
	Girls holding skirts, boy's hands on waist throughout this 
figure.
	(a) Starting with the R foot, take two change steps forward 
	    to meet at the center.............................2 M

	(b) Tap R foot in second position (ct. 1), tap in fourth 
	    in front (ct. 2), tap in second (ct. 1), tap in fourth 
	    in front (ct. 2)..................................2 M

	(c) Starting with the R foot, take two change step backward.2 M

	(d) Tap R foot in second (ct. 1) tap in fourth in front 
	    (ct. 2)...........................................1 M

	Take two stamps in place (R,L) (cts. 1, 2)............1 M

	(e) Repeat (a) and (b)................................4 M

	(f) Starting with the R foot, take two change steps forward 
	    to opposite place, partners passing by right shoulders.2 M

	(g) Starting with the R foot, take four stamps in place turning 
	    right about to face partner.......................2 M

	(h) Repeat all (a, b, c, d, e, f, and g). Finish in proper 
	    places...........................................16 M
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Music D.

	Dancers group in sets of two couples.
	(a) Starting with R foot, partners take two change steps 
	    forward to meet at the center. Arms in fifth position 
	    swaying sideward R and L..........................2 M

	(b) Turn to face the center of the set. Take two change steps 
	    forward (R, L) to meet at the center.(See diagram A). 
	    Arms as in (a)....................................2 M

	(c) All face outward. Take two change steps obliquely forward 
	    (R, L) to proper places. (See Diagram B). Arms as in (a).2 M

	(d) Starting with the R foot, dancers of each set take twelve 
	    change steps forward moving clockwise. Arms as in (a). 
	    Finish in proper places facing the audience......12 M
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FINALE
Music Introduction

	Take a three-step turn right in place and bow to the 
audience......................................................2 M
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