Lesson 5: Future Folk: Philippine Folk Dance Fusion

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In this lesson, students will learn about some of the ways Filipinos in the Canada are reinventing Philippine folk dance. This lesson combines the Critical Analysis and the Creative Processes so that students can try their hand at creating new dance pieces informed by folk traditions, as well as contemporary and pop culture. Inspired by Filipino Canadian dance troupe Hataw, students will choreograph a “future folk” piece, using movements from one of the three folk dances learned in this curriculum (cariñosa, binatbatan, or tinikling) and fusing it with pop music, contemporary regalia, props, or modern forms of dance.

Key terms: Fusion, Philippine folk dance, Hataw, Filipino Canadian, grade 6 dance