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Modern Dance Vs.

Folk Dance

Reaserchers: Abang, Mark Joseph Baltazar, John Tomas Barnachea, John Nicholas Calabson, Clint Igy Agcarao, Ma.Theresa Baniqued Jessy Anne Bugasto, Nicole Denise

PE 2 (Rhytmic Activities)

Instructor: Mr. Daw-as

Saint Louis University SY 2012-2013

Abstract Some say that folk dance is old, too expressive and sometimes not pleasing to the eye these are some of the reactions and responses of teenagers whom we ask why they rather dance hip hop and street dances than folk dances. These are maybe the reasons why most of us disregard folk dance and dont want to learn this such dance because of how the society reacts to this certain kind of dance. On the bright side, schools, universities still value folk dances for reasons like: preserving the tradition and culture of our nation and of course to still have the patriotism within the hearts of the children as well as the elders since folk dances is one of the center of culture of our nation. Most of us are not amused by our own dance because it is out of date but people overseas visit our country just to watch our festivals and as well as our folk dances. Passion cannot be ciltivated overnight you must promote to them about folk music constantly perhaps through good teaching. You could only hope that through such activities they would have more interest in folk music after that have more passion for folk music. Firstly for youths to be more interest in folk songs dance we must first attract them. Its like a pull factor. We can't force youths to love folk songs straight away we must promote folk songs through various fun and enjoyable activities. Yes attract them to folk music. We could do these ativities such as letting them do fusion music whereby they fuse folk music with popular music, much loved by youths through the garageband software whereby they use only folk song instruments so that the definition of folk music does not change and that they would not just love the fusion music and hate folk music. Likewise for folk dance integrate both dance together. Background of the Study Countries in the world have their own cultures made more colorful, beautiful and vibrant because of Folk Dances that are reflection of who they are. In the east, the Chinese have their symbolic Dragon Dance, the Japanese have the ancestral dance Bon Odori. In the west the Americans have their Square Dance. On the other hand, the Philippines will not be left behind. "The Pearl of The Orient" boast of a varitey of Filipino Folk Dances. (Roseman, J, L., 2004) Modern dance is a term usually referring to 20th-century concert dance, although it has also been applied to a category of 20th-century ballroom dances. Modern dance refused classical ballet's stress on feet as the primary catalyst for dance movements. It, instead, put stress on torso employing such elements as contact-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation. It was usually performed in bare feet, often with non-traditional costuming. (philippinesculturalfolkdances.blogspot.com) Modern dance and folk dance are very expressive. You are usually telling a story with modern and folk dance. There is a lot of floor work and very abstract choreography. You need to be able to feel the music, relate to the story. But in these two dances, there are some opposing characteristics; these characteristics will be later on enumerated in the study. Significance of the Study 1. To attract modern day people to still try to learn folk dance. 2. To encourage PE teachers to change their teaching skills for folk dance for the better so that students will be more interested 3. To let know the readers why modern day people like folk dance than modern dance.

Objectives The Study aims to: 1. arouse interest and enhance the childrens talents in dancing a. Folk Dance To cultivate and preserve Filipino customs and traditions and develop grace and rhythm b. Modern Dance To update children with the modern trends in dancing and for fitness and body coordination; 2. Reinforce the readerss healthy and social relationships with people around them. Scope and Delimitations This study delimits within the issue of folkdance Folk dance VS Modern dance. This study discusses the differences of Folk and modern dance, also this study answers why most people nowadays like modern dance instead of folk dance as well as why we still need to study and learn folk dances. Body Folk dance and Modern There are a number of modern dances, such as hip hop dance, that evolve spontaneously, but the term "folk dance" is generally not applied to them, and the terms "street dance" or "vernacular dance" are used instead. The term "folk dance" is reserved for dances which are to a significant degree bound by tradition and originated in the times when the distinction existed between the dances of "common folk" and the dances of the "high society". A number of modern ballroom dances originated from folk ones. The terms "ethnic" and "traditional" are used when it is required to emphasize the cultural roots of the dance. In this sense, nearly all folk dances are ethnic ones. If some dances, such as polka, cross ethnic boundaries and even cross the boundary between "folk" and "ballroom dance", ethnic differences are often considerable enough to mention, e.g., Czech polka vs. German polka. Not all ethnic dances are folk dances; for example, ritual dances or dances of ritual origin are not considered to be folk dances. Ritual dances are usually called "Religious dances" because of their purpose. (Mazo, J, H., 2000) Why do modern day people specially teenagers like modern dances more than folk dances? Some say that folk dance is old, too expressive and sometimes not pleasing to the eye these are some of the reactions and responses of teenagers whom we ask why they rather dance hip hop and street dances than folk dances. These are maybe the reasons why most of us disregard folk dance and dont want to learn this such dance because of how the society reacts to this certain kind of dance. On the bright side, schools, universities still value folk dances for reasons like: preserving the tradition and culture of our nation and of course to still have the patriotism within the hearts of the children as well as the elders since folk dances is one of the center of culture of our nation.

Why love folk dance? The Philippines consist of 7107 islands, and is broken down in three groups of islands. The Luzon, Mindano, and Visayas. Each of these regions contain different languages,history, regligon, and traditions. With each region having different influence in thier arts, crafts, and ancestorical dances. Lets take a trip through each region and explore the different styles, costumes, Dances and Talents from Each Region. As we explore each of the regions and styles, please remember alot of these Cultural and Folk dances represents hardships and daily back breaking tasks, that has turned into a art form. Many of the dances you will read about here were actuall activities or chores that the Filipino endured to survive the poor economy and state of the nation. (philippinesculturalfolkdances.blogspot.com) Luzon consisting of the tribes such as Ifugao, Benquet, Kalinga, Bontoc, Apayo, Kalinga, sometimes these are call Igorot. " But sometimes that is considered degrading ." Cordillerea name also used for some parts the Luzon Region... Northern most region of the Philippines, Luzon gets its Cultural influence from Hindu-Buddist, Spanish and many ethnic regilous tribes. All with differences and beliefs. But in all the Cultural and Folk Dances from this region represents all different factions in one way or the other. Visayas being the Central Island of The Philippines, Visayas is also broken down into three sections. Central , Eastern, Western. Consisting of Austronesians, Negritos, these we Animist Tribal Group. Many others tribes from around surrounding island would come after the downfall or break up of thier tribes. Visayas became a melting pot for many different Tribes and Cultural backgrouds. You will find Arbian, Spanish, and some Western influences in the dances of this region. You will see that the dances of the Visayas are more upbeat and exciting, not so much in Drama and tribal meanings as other regions. Mindanao. This is the southern most region of The Philippines. Being the second largest island in the Philippines, its Culture consists of mostly Muslium or " Moro " people, also composed of other ethnic groups such as the Maranao, Tausug, Banguingui, and indigenous tribes know as Lumad. You will see alot of Arabian, and Middle Eastern influence in thier costumes and dances. Most of us are not amused by our own dance because it is out of date but people overseas visit our country just to watch our festivals and as well as our folk dances. Reccomendation You could convince them by telling them the benefits of folk dance or song for example listening to folk song/dance helps to improve sleep quality and help them to learn better(Mozart effect the BBC has some articles about how classical music helps the brain learn better). When youths listen to it they would have more curiousity about folk music and perhaps one day they would have passion for it. Conclusion Folk dance maybe a not amusing dance for young people, but at some point they will learn to love it with proper guidance and teaching.