SAYAW: Filipino Dances
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ITIK-ITIK

	This dance originated from a dance called Sibay, which 
was performed to the tune of Dejado. The present form got its 
name in the following manner.

	At one baptismal party in Carmen, Lanuza,Surigao, a 
young lady called Kanang, (nickname for Cayetana) who was 
considered the best dancer and singer of her time, was asked to 
dance the Sibay. She became so enthusiastic and spirited during 
the performance that she began to improvise movements and steps 
similar to the movements of ducks as they walk with short, 
choppy steps and splash water over their backs while calling 
to their mates.

	The people around who saw her dance liked it so much 
they all imitated her. The dance has since been called Itik-Itik 
from the word Itik, which means duck.

	This dance is now very popular among the Visayan settlers 
of the province of Surigao, especially in the towns of Cantillan, 
Lanuza, and Carrascal. It is usually performed as a ballroom dance 
in social gatherings. There are many variations of Itik-Itik steps 
from which the dancers make their selection and combination.
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	The description below is for classwork or for demonstration.

	COSTUME. Girls wear patadyong or balintawak style costume 
 		 and Boy wear barong tagalog or camisa de chino and 
	         white trousers. 

	MUSIC is composed of two parts: A and B.

	COUNT one, two, three to a measure.

	FORMATION. If performed s a ballroom dance, couples are 
		   scattered around the room. For demonstration, 
		   partner stand about six feet apart, Girl at
		   right side of partner when facing audience or 
		   front. One to any number of pairs may take part 
		   in this dance.
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ITIK-ITIK STEPS USED:

	No. 1. STEP, BALL-CLOSE, BALL-CLOSE. Counts 1,
2,and 3.

	Step L(R) forward (ct. 1), raise heel of L(R)
foot and slide R(L) close to L(R) in fifth or third
position in rear (ct. 2), small step forward on ball
of L(R)foot (ct. and) and slide R(L) close to L(R) in
third position in rear (ct. 3).This step is done with
one foot leading going forward.

	No. 2 HEEL, CLOSE-BALL, CLOSE. Counts 1, 2,
and 3.

	Step L(R) heel forward (ct. 1), slide  R(L)
close L(R) in fifth or third position in rear (ct. 2),
small step forward with ball of  L(R) foot (ct. and),
slide R(L) close to L(R) in fifth or third position in
rear (ct. 3). This is done with one foot leading, going
forward.

	No. 4. STEP, SLIDE-CLOSE, SLIDE-CLOSE. Counts 1,
2, 3.

	Small step R(L) forward (ct. 1), twist trunk
slightly to right (left) side, bring L(R) foot in fourth
in front and slide backward with ball of same foot and
simultaneously with a spring slide R(L) forward to close
with L(R) in first position (ct. 2), repeat  ct. 2 (ct.3).
The L(R) foot bears no weight on cts. 2, 3. This step is
done with alternate foot, going to any direction.

	No. 5. CROSS-STEP, SLIDE-CLOSE, SLIDE-CLOSE.
Counts 1, 2, 3. 

	Same as No. 4 except that the step on ct. 1 is
done across the other foot in front.

	No. 6. CROSS-STEP, SLIDE-CLOSE, CROSS-STEP,
SLIDE-CLOSE, CROSS-STEP. Counts 1, and, 2, and 3.

	Step R (L) across L (R) in front (ct. 1), slide
with ball of L (R) foot close to heel of R (L) foot (ct.
and), short slide or small step with R (L) foot sideward
left (right) across L (R) in front (ct. 2), repeat ct.
and, (ct. and), short slide or small step with R (L)
foot sideward left (right) across L (R) in front (ct. 3).

Note: The numbering of the steps in the Fundamental Steps
and Music is followed. Itik-Itik step No. 3 is not used
in this dance.
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     		    INTRODUCTION

Music Introduction.

	Partners face front. 

	Bow to audience. Girl holds skirt, Boy places 
hands on waist.....................................1 M
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I.
Music A.

	Partners face right so that L shoulders are 
toward front. Arms sideward at shoulder level.
	(a) With R foot leading, take seven Itik-Itik 
	    steps No. 1 moving forward. Bend trunk slightly
       	    forward and lower arms to about waist level
	    on ct. 1, straighten trunk and make two small
	    flaps of arms upward to shoulder level on cts.
	    2, 3 of every measure..................7 M

	(b) Step R foot in place (ct. 1), pause (cts. 2, 3).
	    Arms at shoulder level.................1 M

	(c) Face left about. With L foot leading, repeat
	    (a) and (b), going to proper places....8 M
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II.
Music B.

	Partners face front.
	(a) Starting with inside foot (L for Girl and R
	    for Boy), take seven Itik-Itik step No. 2 to
	    partner's place, girl passing in front of boy.
	    Arms are bent forward with elbows at shoulder
	    level, fists slightly closed and near each
	    other. Move trunk as in figure I (a), raise
	    elbows slightly upward on ct. 1 and two small
	    downward flaps on cts. 2, 3 of every measure
	    as if flapping wings....................7 M

	(b) Step in place with outside foot (now) (ct. 1)
	    pause (cts. 2, 3). Arms as in ct. 3 in (a)..1 M

	(c) Repeat (a) and (b), finishing in proper places.8 M
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III.
Music A.

	Partners face each other.
	(a) With R foot leading, take four Itik-Itik steps No.
	    1 to form one line at center, girl in front of
	    partner, both facing front. Girl holds skirt,
	    Boy paces hands on waist....................4 M

	(b) Join both hands, R and of Girl with R of Boy, and
	    L hand with L hand of Boy.  The Boy's hand are
	    under the Girl's hands.  Palms of partners are 
	    together. With the right foot leading, take three
	    Itik-Itik steps No. 2 moving sideward right.Move
	    trunk as in figure I (a).  Raise L arms high..3 M

	(c) Step R foot sideward (ct. 1), point L obliquely
	    forward left (cts. 2, 3).  Reverse position arms
	    (R arms high).................................1 M

	(d) Repeat (b) and (c), starting with L foot, moving
	    sideward left. R arms high in (b) and reverse
	    position in (c)...............................4 M

	Drop hands.  Face toward direction of proper places.
	(e) Repeat (a), going to proper places............4 M 
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IV.
Music B.

Partners face each other.
	(a) Starting the right foot, take two waltz steps 
	    forward to meet at the center.  Arms in the lateral 
	    position, moving sideward right and left, fingers 
	    fluttering...................................2 M

	(b) Hold in  open ballroom dance position, stretched 
	    arms toward front and both facing front......2 M

	(c) Girl starts with R and Boy, with L foot. Take 
	    three Itik-Itik steps No.2 moving toward front..2 M
	
	(d) Step forward, R of Girl and L of Boy (ct.1), face 
	    opposite direction without chaging the position 
	    of hands and point forward with free foot (cts.2,
	    3). On cts.2, 3 tretched arms are raised at head 
	    level........................................1 M

	(e) Repeat (c) and (d) starting with other foot, 
	    moving away from front. Lower stretched arms in 
	    (d)..........................................4 M

	Release hold, partners face front.
	(f) Starting with outside foot, take one  Itik-Itik 
	    step No. 1 (9cts. 1,2,3). Three step turn outward 
	    (cts. 1, 2, 3. Girl holds skirt, Boy places hands 
	    on waist.....................................2 M

	(g) Repeat (f) strating with inside foot. Reverse 
	    turn.........................................2 M

	Boy immediately transfer weight to L foot after the 
last count.
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V.
Music A.
  	  
        Partners face front. As the following steps are being 
done partners are moving little by little forward.
	(a) Take eight Itik-Itik steps No. 6, R and L foot 
	    across in front alternately. R arm in reverse "T" 
	    position and back of L hand supporting R elbow 
	    when R foot is across in front; reverse position 
	    of hands when L foot is across in front.....8 M

	(b) Starting with R foot, take four step-point steps 
	    moving backward to proper places, Girl holds skirt, 
	    Boy places hands on waist...................4 M

	Partners face each other.

	(c) Execute four waltz steps sideward, R and L 
	    alternately. Arms in lateral position, moving 
	    sideward right and left alternately, fingers 
	    fluttering..................................4 M
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VI.
Music B.
	Partners face left so that R shoulders are toward 
each other. 

	With R foot leading, take sixteen Itik-Itik steps 
No. 1, moving clockwise. Arm positions and trunk movements 
as in figure II (a). Finish in proper places...........16 M
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VII.
Music A.
	Partners face each other.
	(a) With R foot leading, take four Itik-Itik steps 
	    No. 5, meeting at center. Girl holds skirt, Boy 
	places hands on waist...........................4 M

	Partners face front.
	(b) Starting with R foot, take four Itik-Itik steps 
	    No. 4 forward. Trunk is slightly twisted to right 
	    and left side alternately on cts. 2, 3 of every 
	    measure, R and L arm in reverse "T" position 
	    alternately, free hand on waist.............4 M

	Turn right about.
	(c) Repeat (b)..................................4 M

	Face toward direction of proper places.
	(d) Repeat (a) going to proper places...........4 M
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VIII.
Music B. Play last two measures slowly.
	Partners face each other.
	(a) With R foot leading, take four Itik-Itik steps 
	    No. 1 toward center. Finish in one line, Girl 
	    in front. Arm position and trunk movement as in 	
	    figure II (a)...............................4 M

	Partners face front.
	(b) Take four waltz steps sideward, R and L alternately. 
	    Arms in lateral position, moving sideward right 
	    and left alternately, fingers fluttering....4 M

	(c) Boy holds waist of partner. With R foot leading, 
	    take six Itik-Itik steps No. 1, going clockwise 
	    once. R arm of Girl in reverse "T" position, back 
	    of L hand under R elbow. Partners finish facing 
	    front, Girl at right side of Boy............6 M

	Join inside hands, outside hands down at sides.
	(d) Boy stands still while Girl executes a three-step 
	    turn right in place, passing under arch of arms 
	    (1 M). Both bow to audience (1 M)...........2 M
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