SAYAW: Filipino Dances
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PANDANGO SA ILAW

	"Pandango sa Ilaw" (dance with oil lamps), this version from 
Mindoro, is the most difficult of the all the Pandangos. It is quite 
unusual and colorful. The female dancer gracefully and skilfully 
balances three lighted "tinghoy" or oil lamps - one on her head and 
one on the back of each hand. A few boys and girls may take part as 
townsfolk or onlookers. They clap their hands in time to the music, 
adding life and gaiety to the dance.
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	COSTUME. The girl is dressed in "balintawak", the boy in 
	         long red trousers and "barong tagalog".

	MUSIC is divided into three parts: A, B, C.

	COUNT: one, two, three to a measure.

	FORMATION. Partners stand about six feet apart facing the 
		   audience. The three lighted oil lamps are placed 
		   on the floor between them. The girl stands at 
		   partner's right. The oil lamps are of two sizes, 
		   the one to be placed on the head being larger than 
		   the two for the hands.
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				INTRODUCTION

Music Introduction.

	(a) Standing on the L foot, tap in front (ct. 1), pause 
	    (ct. 2), tap once more (ct. 3). Place left hand on waist, 
	    R hand hanging loosely at the side..................1 M

	(b) Repeat (a)..........................................1 M

	(c) Three-step turn right in place and bow to the audience. 
	    Place both hands on waist...........................1 M
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I
Music A.

	Partners face left.
	(a) Take two waltz steps forward (R, L - 2 M.), one waltz 
	    turn right (2 M.). Arms in lateral position moving 
	    sideward R and L with forearm turns.................1 M

	(b) Repeat (a) three times more moving clockwise around 
	    the oil lamps.......................................1 M

	(c) Turn right about and repeat all (a and b) moving 
	    counterclockwise. The girl finishes with the lamps in front 
	    of her, boy at left side............................1 M
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II
Music B.

	Girl's Part:
	(a) Cross R foot in front of L and bend knee slightly (this 
	    position is held for thirty-two measures), arms bent I T 
	    position at shoulder level. Move right (1 M.) and left 
	    elbows (1 M.) upward twice on cts. 1, 2 of each measure. 
	    The wrists are relaxed so that the hands dangle at every 
	    movement...........................................24 M

	(b) Place a lamp on the back of the right hand..........8 M

Boy's Part:
	(a) Repeat the movements of figure I going clockwise around 
	    the girl. Take the same arm movement of the girl in figure 
	    II (a).............................................24 M
	
	(b) Take lamp No. 1 and help the girl place it on the back of 
	    her right hand......................................8 M
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III
Music C.

	Cross-waltz step: With a spring, step R (L) forward across L 
(R) in front, raising the L (R) in rear at the same time (ct. 1), step 
L (R) in rear of R (L) (ct. 2), step R (L) in the same place (in front) 
(ct. 3).
	(a) Starting with the R foot, take sixteen cross-waltz steps 
	    around the lamps clockwise. Boy's hands on waist, girl's 
	    free hand holding the skirt........................16 M 	

	(b) Turn right about and repeat (a) moving counterclockwise. 
	    Finish in proper places facing the audience........16 M
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IV
Music A.

	(a) Starting with the R foot, execute waltz steps (tiny steps) 
	    backward. The girl bends left arm upward and flutters 
	    the fingers in time to the music. Boy's hands on waist, 
	    girl's free hand holding the skirt..................8 M

	(b) Repeat (a) moving forward to original places........8 M

	(c) Boy gets lamp No. 2. Partners repeat (a). Free hand boy 
	    on the waist........................................8 M

	(d) Take four waltz steps forward (4 M.). Boy puts the lamp 
	    on the head of the girl who stands still (4 M.).....8 M
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Music B.

	(a) Take one waltz step sideward R and L (2 M.), waltz-turn 
	    right (2 M.). Arms of boy and L arm of girl in lateral 
	    position at shoulder-level moving sideward R and L 
	    alternately, or L hand of girl holding the skirt....4 M

	(b) Repeat (a) three times more moving around the lamp 
	    clockwise..........................................12 M

	(c) The boy gets the third lamp and places it on the back of 
	    the left hand of the girl. The girl stands still while 
	    the boy is placing the lamp on her hand.............8 M

	(d) Girl's Part:
	(1) Step R across L in front and bend right knee slightly. 
	    Raise L foot inrear at the same time (cts. 1, 2), step L 
	    in rear or R foot (ct. 3) Step R foot sideward (cts. 1, 
	    2, 3). Hold lamps in front or obliquely forward at shoulder-
	    level...............................................2 M

	(2) Repeat (1) three time more (L, R, L)................6 M

       Boy's Part
	(1) Continue waltzing around the girl counter clockwise.8 M
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VI
Music C. Play once.

	Girl's Part:
	Stand with feet in third position, R foot in front, knees 
relaxed. Do the following hand movements, hands first at shoulder 
level in front:
	(a) Raise R hand and lower L hand slowly (cts. 1-6).....2 M

	(b) Reverse the movements of the hands..................2 M

	(c) Cross the hands in front, R over the L hand.........2 M

	(d) Back to the starting position.......................2 M

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

	(f) Lower both hands and bend the knees slightly........2 M

	(g) Raise both hands and straighten the knees...........2 M

	Boy's Part
	(a) Repeat figure I, going clockwise around the girl...16 M
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VII
Music C. Play once.

	(a) Partners execute eight sway balance steps with a point, 
	    R and L, moving counter clockwise little by little, arms 
	    in third position, R and L high alternately........16 M
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VIII
Music C. Play once.

	The boy takes the two lamps from the hands of the girl (one in 
each hand) leaving one on her head.
	(a) Partners repeat the steps of figure I, going in any 
	    direction with the boy following the girl..........14 M

	(b) Three-step turn right in place and bow to the audience.2 M
	
	Boy's Arm Movement
	(a) The boy moves the lamps one up and the other down (2 M), 
	    crosses the hands in front, R over L (2 M), L over R (2 M), 
	    circling R hand clockwise and L counter clockwise (2 M).8 M

	(b) Repeats a up to 6 measures..........................6 M

	(c) Hands at the sides while bowing.....................2 M

	Girl's Arm Movements
	(a) Repeat the arm movements of Figure I for 14 measures.14 M

	(b) Takes the glass from her head with the R hand opens the 
	    hand sideward while bowing..........................2 M
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