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Tinikling (English translation Pole dance) is a traditional dance of the Philippines.Two bamboo poles operated by a person at each end are hit against raised blocks on the floor and then together. one or more dancers, dance in and out of the poles.
Tinikling is the most popular and best known of the Philippine dances and honored as the Philippine national dance.
The dance imitates the movement of the tikling birds as they walk between grass stems, run over tree branches, or dodge bamboo traps set by rice farmers. Dancers imitate the tikling bird's legendary grace and speed by skillfully maneuvering between large bamboo poles.
Another story as to the Tinikling's origin which may be fact, or part of a legend. Is that the Tinikling was started by the people who worked in the paddies of the Philippines. The people who worked too slowly would be punished. Their punishment was to stand between two bamboo poles. Sometimes, the poles would have thorns sticking from their segments. The poles were then clapped to beat the native's feet. By jumping when the poles were apart the natives tried to escape this cruel punishment.
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