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Cariñosa

(National)
The flirtation dance known throughout the Philippines. Cariñosa means
affectionable, lovable, or amiable. With a fan and a handkerchief, the dancers go through
hide-and-seek movements and other flirting qacts expressing tender feelings for another.
There are many versions of this dance but the hide-and-seek movements are common in
all.
Costume. The girl wears “Balintawak”style or “patadyong” and camisa and the
boy, “Barong Tagalog” and any color of trousers. The girl has a fan hanging at the right
side of the waist and the boy has a handkerchief in his pocket.
Music. Is composed of two parts:A and B.
Count. One, two, three to a measure.
Formation. Partners stand opposite and facing each other about six feet apart.
When facing the audience, the girl is at the right of the boy. One to any number of
couples may take part in this dance.
NOTE: In the original form figure I is used as an intermission. It is omitted in this
arrangement for it makes the dance long and monotonous.
INTRODUCTION
Music Introduction.
Partners face each other.
Three-step turn right in place and bow to each other. Girl holds skirt, boy places
hands on waist……………………………………………………………………….2M
I
Three Steps and Point
Music A.
(a) Starting with the R foot take three steps sideward right (cts.1,2,3).Point L foot
in front (cts.1,2,3). R hand in reverse “T” position and L hand on waist. “Kumintang” the
R hand when pointing the L foot………………………………………………………..2M
(b) Repeat (a) starting with the L foot and moving sideward left. Reverse the hand
position………………………………………………………………………………….2M
(c) Repeat (a) and (b), three times more………………………………………12M

..3)/ Step L close to R (ct..Point R and L foot four times alternately in front... 1. 1). Step R sideward to be side by side with partner by the L shoulder.. R and L alternately.... take three steps forward to meet at center (cts.4M (c) Boy.2M (b) Four touch steps in front. but this time the boy kneels down and the girl fans the boy over his R and L shoulder alternately as she points her R and L foot alternately...... (a) starting with the R foot.. L index finger alternately at partner. Repeat three times more...... Throughout this figure.. (a) Partners meet at center as in figure II (a) (cts...2M (b) Boy.. pointing L.... (2.. Partners face each other..Turn right about. Girl holds skirt..2...II Pointing Music B.. Partners place hands on waists (cts..... finishing in proper place…………………………………8M III Back to Back Music A. passing to face each other by the R shoulder (cts.... 3)... finishing in proper places…………………………………8M IV Kneeling and Fanning Music A..4M (c) Starting with the R foot. Both place hand on waist………………………. 3)…………………………………………….2. 1.....3 1).2M (d) Repeat all (a-c).2M (d) repeat all (a-c). 1.. 2.. (a) Starting with the R foot.. Finish in proper places…... boy places hands on waist (cts. 1.... boy places hands on waist…………………………………………………………………....3)……………………………………………………………………....3)……………………………………………………………..2M (d) Repeat all (a-c).2... 3 1). take four steps forward to partner’s place..... Girl kneel on R while boy passes around on right of girl to stand behind her and faces the same direction as the girl.. 2).2M (b) Point R foot in front and the R index finger at partner over R shoulder.....3).. pause (cts. Turn right about to be in back-to-back position a littele bit to right of partner (cts...2... Exchange places as in figure II (c)………………...... Look at each other………... take three steps forward to center.. L hand on waist (cts.... Turn right about to face each other and close R to L foot (cts....8M .. looking at the girl over her R and L shoulder alternatedly... 2....... 1. place R hand on waist (ct. 2..... Free hands on waist (3 M)………………………….. Partners are standing by each other’s R shoulder when shaking L finger to partner.4M (c) Exchange places as in figure 2 (c)…………………………………………..... the girl holds skirt and the boy places hands on waist.R.L and shaking L.. R.. girl holds skirt... 3). 1...

V Hide and Seek with Handkerchief Music B. Starting with R foot. Partners exchange places as in figure II (c)……2M (d) Repeat all (a-c). VI Flirting with Handkerchiefs Music A. Girl holds one handkerchief at one corner and places it over her R and L shoulder alternately at every measure.8 M . look above the handkerchief………………………………………………………………. looking back at body at the same time. (a). Each dancer holds a handkerchief at two corners which is diagonally folded (triangular form). when the L hands are up. the partners may go to any directions long as they finish the proper places at this end of this figure. that is one measure with the boy[‘s hands on top while pointing the R Foot and the next measure with the girl’s hands on top while pointing with the L foot. Partners hold handkerchief at corners in a perpendicular position between their faces wit hthe boy’s hands on top at face level (cts. 1. Partners meet at center as in figure II (a) (cts. (a) Partners turn R shoulders toward each other. The boy in meantime follows behind the girl. Boy takes handerchief from pocket. 2. take eight waltz steps forward moving along clockwise. This time the girl keeps the handkerchief at he end of this figure………………………………………………….. Invert the handkerchief at every measure.4M (c) Girl releases handkerchief. (b) Turn right about and repeat (a) counterclockwise. Note:-.If only one pair is dancing.8M NOTE: in the Bicol regions the hide and seek movement is done with two handkerchiefs crossed diagonally. While the dancers point R foot. They peep through the opening of the handkerchief above and below alternately. finishing in proper places. thus the handkerchief are crossed like the letter X in front between them. Finish in proper places………………………………………………………………………. the girl leads again. stretching out R and L hands alternately as if trying to catch the free end of the handkerchief……………. The position of hands at every measure.8 M. When own hands are down look at partner’s face below and when up...3 1).2. the R hands are held obliquely right upward and the L hands are obliquely left downward. The girl peeps above when the R hands are up and the boy. 3)………………………2M (b) Partners point R and L foot alternately four times as I figure II (b).

(a) Starting with the R foot.VII FLIRTING Music B. repeat (b) counterclockwise. partners take six waltz steps forward moving around clockwise.6M SALUDO Three step turn right in place and bow to each other. Same position of hands as in (a) but girl’s finger fluttering in time with the music as she looks over her R and L shoulders alternately as the boy.6M (c) Turn right about. Girl holds skirt. This time the boy leads. who is following her closely…………………………………………………………………. boy’s hand on waist………………2M (b) With the girl leading in front.. Girl’s arms in lateral position moving sideward right and left. girl holding skirt and boy’s hand on waist.. boy’s arms in lateral position. take two waltz steps to meet at the center. Wink at the girl once in a while. girl at right of boy………………………………………………. . fluttering fingers. Finish by side.

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