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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Visayan Folk Dance-Kuratsa Boholana Dance Steps

Kuratsa Boholana is another lively dance that originated from Bohol. Kuratsa is very popular in the Philippines, especially among the Visayans and Ilocanos. In the old days no social gathering was complete without this dance. Expert and skillful dancers sometimes make their own combination of steps and movements on the spot amidst the cheers and applause of the onlookers.

COSTUME. Girl wears patadyong, camisa with stiff sleeves or kimona, and a soft kerchief over one shoulder; . Boy wears barong tagalog and trousers of any color.
MUSIC is divided into five parts: A, B, C, D, and E.
COUNT one, two, three to a measure.
FORMATION. Partners stand opposite each other about six feet apart, Girl standing at partner's right side when facing audience.
INTRODUCTION
Music Introduction
Partners face each other. Execute a three-step turn right in place (1 M), feet together and bow to each other (1 M). Arms down at sides when turning and open in second position when bowing.......... 2 M
I
Music A.
Partners face each other.
(a) Do-si-do. Starting with R foot, take five steps forward, passing by R shoulders (5 cts.) and five steps backward, passing by L shoulders (5 cts.), feet together and pause (2 cts.). Arms down at sides, swinging naturally..............4 M
(b) Repeat (a), passing by L shoulders first................4 M
(c) Starting with R foot, take four steps forward to be in line with each other at center by L shoulders, arms swinging naturally at sides (cts. 1, 2, 3, 1). Transfer weight to R foot in rear (ct. 2), transfer weight to L foot in front (ct. 3). R arm overhead, L hand on waist on cts, 2, 3 when transferring weight..................2 M
(d) Starting with R foot, take four steps forward to partner's place (cts. 1, 2, 3, 1), two-step turn right about to face partner (cts. 2, 3). Girl holds patadyong, Boy places hands on waist.................2 M
(e) Repeat (c) and (d), partners stand by R shoulders at center. Same arm positions. Finish in proper places.................4 M

II
Music B.
Partners face each other.
(a) Waltz sideward, R and L alternately, four times. Start with forearm turn R to reverse "T" position and I, hand on waist. Reverse position of arms at every measure....................4 M
(b) Take one waltz turn right going toward partner's place, passing by L shoulders (using two waltz steps) (2 M) and one waltz step forward to partner's place and finish with back toward partner (1 M). Hands as in fa) for 3 M. Execute a cross turn right about to face each other( L foot across the R when turning) salok with L hand, R arm overhead (1 M).....................4 M
(c) Repeat (a) and (b). Finish in proper places...............8 M
(d)    Repeat all (a-c)............6 M

III
Music C.
Partners turn R shoulders toward each other.
(a) Starting with R foot, take eight waltz steps forward moving clockwise. Arms as in Figure II (a)..............8M
(b) Turn right about. Repeat (a) moving counterclockwise. Finish facing each other...............8 M

IV
Music D.
Partners face each other and do their movements simultaneously.

Girl

(a) Starting with R foot, take two waltz steps forward to center. Arms in lateral position, moving sideward right and left.........2 M
(b) Waltz sideward, R and L. Arms as in (a)...............2 M
(c) Turn right about. (Repeat (b)................2 M
(d) Repeat (a) going to proper place...............2 M
(e) Repeat Boy's movement in (a) below...................8 M
(f)    Repeat all (a-d).....................16 M

Boy

(a) Starting with R foot, take eight waltz steps forward moving around Girl clockwise. Start with R hand in front at chest level with palm up, as if pleading, L hand on waist. Reverse position of hands at every measure ..................8 M
(b) Repeat Girl's movement (a-d) above....................8 M
(c) Repeat all (a and b)...................16 M

V
Music D.
Partners face each other.
(a) Step R sideward and twist body slightly to right (cts. 1, 2), step L close to R (ct. 3). Step R sideward (cts. 1, 2), hop on R (ct. 3). R arm in revers "T" position, L hand on waist......................2 M
(b) Repeat (a), starting with L foot and twist body slightly to left. Reverse position of arms..................2 M
(c) Waltz turn right to finish in one line at center, facing each other with Girl's back toward front and Boy facing front. Arms as in (a), reversing position atevery    measure.....................2 M
(d) Waltz sideward, R and L. Arms in lateral position, moving sideward right and left.....................2M
(e)    Repeat (a) and (b)....................4 M
(f) Starting with R foot, take two waltz steps forward to proper places. Arms
as in (a)....................2 M
(g) Waltz turn right about to face partner. Arms as in (a)....................2 M
(h) Repeat all (a-g)...................16 M
VI
Arte-Arte
(Vivacious Improvisations)
Music E.
Partners do their movements simultaneously.

Boy
a) Raise and step R foot obliquely forward right (cts. 1, 2, 3).    Repeat three more times L, R, L, moving obliquely forward left and right alternately, going to front of Girl (3 M). R and L forearm turn alternately finishing with knuckles down four times, free hand down at side....................4 M
(b) Execute a slow waltz turn right in place in front of Girl (use four waltz steps). Arms as in (a). Finish facing Girl.................4 M
(c) Kneel on R.Forearm turn to reverse "T" position, R and L alternately, four times, other hand on waist....................4 M
(d) Clap hands on cts. 1, 3 of every measure, sideward right and left alternately, three times (3 M), clap once at left side (ct. 1), pause, (cts. 2, 3)......................4 M

Girl
(a) Waltz sideward, R and L. Arms in lateral position, moving sideward right and left...................2 M
(b) Execute a three-step turn right (cts. 1, 2, 3), point L in front (cts. 1, 2, 3). R arm in reverse "T" position, L bent forward at shoulder level..................2 M
(c) Repeat (a) and (b), starting with L foot. Reverse position of arms.................44 M
(d) Step R sideward (ct. 1), brush L forward (ct. 2), step L close R (ct. 3, step R sideward (ct. 1), brush L forward (cts. 2, 3),    Arms as in (b)....................2 M
(e) Repeat (d), starting L foot. Reverse position of arms.................2 M
(f) Repeat (d) and (e)................4 M

SALUDO
(Bowing)
Music Finale
(a) Partners join both hands. Girl helps Boy to stand up ....................2 M
(b) Drop hands. Execute a three-step turn right in place (1 M), feet together and bow to each other or audience as in Introduction (1 M).................2 M


End of Visayan Folk Dance-Kuratsa Boholana Dance Steps

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