Philippines: Dancing all the Way

The workshop introduces participants to the history and the culture of the Philippines through traditional music and dancing, with CultureALL Ambassador Julie Hayes.

Workshop Description

In the Philippines: dancing and music are an important aspect of culture.

The Philippine archipelago comprises 7,107 islands and as many as 175 languages are spoken. Most regions of the country developed their own specific dances as well, many of which are still enjoyed during religious ceremonies, harvest festivals, holidays, funerals and other important events.

Join Julie Hayes, co-founder of HAPA Filipino Dancers, as she teaches students about Filipino culture in this active workshop based on the Legend of Alitaptap – the story of how fireflies were created.

Julie will lead the students through a musical warm up, including traditional songs and l folk dance. Students will depict fireflies found in the Philippines while dancing the  “Alitaptap” (Firefly).

Upon request, this presentation can also include instruction in paper-folding.  This workshop can be easily modified for length and student population.

This workshop works best in a gym or open area with a flat surface in which students can stand with arms extended without touching a neighbor student (approx. 400 square feet for a class of twenty-five 3rd graders.)

Workshop Details:

Ambassador Julie Hayes
Region/Culture Southeast Asia - The Philippines
Subject(s) Dance, Music, Physical Education, Social Studies, Visual Art
Participants 25 max
Standard Length 45 min
Room Set-Up Room with space for dancing - works in a gym or a classroom