Background: This dance
originated from Leyte Island and depicts the flight of the Tikling bird
as it travels through the rice fields, avoiding bamboo traps made by
Grade: 5th -High School
Formation: Two dancers are the
clickers who beat the poles and two to four dancers perform the steps.
Equipment: 10-12 foot bamboo poles or
PVC inch diameter pole and a 2' wood beam that is 2" x 4". The
equipment is organized into sets that include 2 poles and 2 wood beams
for each group composed of 4-6 dancers.
Movements: Hopping, Jump feet
Part 1. The Clickers.
The clickers sit on the floor 0n their knees or with legs crossed. In
front of their feet is the beam and on top are the ends of the
poles. The clickers sit about 8 feet apart. They hold the
poles in their hands and perform the three count rhythm. On count 1,
the poles are tapped on the beam, on count 2 the poles are tapped on
the beam and on count 3 the poles are slide together. The cue is - tap
tap close, tap tap close, or open open close, open open close.
The clickers maintain a steady tempo throughout the dance.
Part 2. The Dancers Basic
Step. The dancer begins standing on two feet with his or her
right side next to the poles. As the clickers perform the open
open close rhythmic pattern, the dancer hops on the right foot in
between the poles on the first tap open, then switches to a left foot
hop on the second tap open and hops on the right foot to the right and
lands outside of the poles on the slide close of the the poles. The cue
is - in, in, out. This basic step is repeated beginning with the
left side next to the poles. Repeat the basic step to the right
and left several times.
Part 3. Step Variation A.
one repetion of the basic step to the right, the dancers do a
three step half turn moving backward so the right side is next to the
poles but on the opposite end where they stepped out. When this
step variation is repeated several times, the dancer will end up moving
in a circle pathway, always leading with the right foot. The cue is -
in, in, out, back, back, back, in, in, out, back, back, back
Part 4. Step Variation B.
variation to the step is to do two jumps on the open open counts and
a straddle jump with feet ending out to each side of the poles on the
close count. The cue is - together, together, apart.