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Tinikling – Accordion Solo/Duet

070526-F-3458C-143 Members from the Philippine Cultural Dancers group perform tinikling, a traditional dance number, during the Asian Pacific Heritage Month celebration May 26 at the Kadena base exchange parking lot. Seven groups performed cultural dances and martial arts demonstrations including: Renshinkan Karate Dojo, Venoltian Relic, Magahet Pacific Dance group, a live Hawaiian band and the Ron Nix Hamaya Daiko group. (U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Nestor Cruz)I have had more fun with this song – and even as an ensemble. Purchase 2 bamboo sticks you are in business. Get a few members of your accordion band to watch a few videos and then they can PLAY THE BAMBOO while you invite the audience to participate.

Be ready for a Cardio – Workout!!! This is more fun than Jump Rope!

This is a Pietro Diero Jr arrangement.

About the Song:

Tinikling is a traditional Philippine dance which originated during the Spanish colonial era. The dance involves two people beating, tapping, and sliding bamboo poles on the ground and against each other in coordination with one or more dancers who step over and in between the poles in a dance. It is traditionally danced to rondalla music, a sort of serenade played by an ensemble of stringed instruments which originated in Spain during the Middle Ages.

The dance originated in Leyte, an island in the Visayas in the central Philippines. It 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.