Aziza Amira Roca (assistant instructor and member of Kindling Sindaw)
Lotus's Drums Along the Hudson 2007, Inwood Hill Park, NYC
Filipino Tribal Dance includes the repertory of sacred and secular traditional dances of the Philippines, notable for its combination of grace and vigor. In the southern regions, the tribes of Mindanao create dances that directly reflect their rich natural environment. Dancers imitate the graceful movements of birds, fish and boats, celebrate fertility in vigorous movements to the accompaniment of resonant drumming or gongs, and welcome visitors in delicate swaying dances using fans and scarves. Other dances include the unique blend of Spanish, Arabic, American and other cultures that have influenced traditional and contemporary styles.
Instructor: Potri Ranka Manis