CARINOSA DANCE, PHILIPPINES : Spanish-Filipino Romantic Dance

Carinosa dance is a South East Asian dance style from the Philippines. Carinosa in english literally means ‘Loving or affectionate one’. This ‘romantic’ Philippines dance originated in the Panay island in the colonial-era from the Maria Clara suite of Philippine folk dances and is supposed to be heavily influenced by Hispanic culture. A fan or a handkerchief plays an important role in this dance form. Furthermore, this form of dancing is said to comprise elements belonging to styles such as Bolero and Jarabe Tapatio.

History and origin of the Carinosa Dance:

It was during the 15th century that the Philippines was colonized for the first time by the Spanish. It was during this period that the Spanish people introduced this dance style to the ‘Filipino’ culture. Carinosa is one of the popular folk dances in the Philippines.

Costumes used in the Carinosa Dance:

The careñosa costume for this Filipino traditional dance style, has the female dancers adorn the Maria Clara gown/dress and the men wear the Barong Tagalong, a traditional embroidered long-sleeve shirt. Attire such as patadyong kimona (a dress belonging to the Visayan community), camisa de chino (a white sleeve), Barong Tagalog, and coloured pants can also be a part of the dance costume.

Music involved in the Carinosa Dance:

The musical instrument mainly used in this dance form is the Rondella, a string instrument ensemble. In addition, instruments such as bandurrias, mandolins, guitars, basses, drums, and banjos are also used.

Training availability and the technique involved in the Carinosa Dance:

In terms of technique, this dance basically involves the performers i.e. male and female flirting with each other by using ‘hide and seek’ feet movements. In addition, the female performer usually holds a fan or a handkerchief during a performance. As for training centers and schools, there aren’t many available around the world since this ‘romantic’ dance is mainly performed in the Philippines.

Some Carinosa Dance Videos (YouTube):

Carinosa Female Dance Routine
Carinosa Female Dance Steps
Carinosa – Philippines Folk Dance Competition 2017
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