The Tininkling is a dance that originated in Leyte, an island in the Visayas in the central Philippines. The dancers imitate the movement of the tikling birds as they walk between grass stems, run over tree branches, or dodge bamboo traps set by rice farmers. The dancers imitate the tikling bird’s legendary grace and speed by skillfully maneuvering between large bamboo poles.
Today tininkling is taught throughout the United States in grades K-12. As an aerobic exercise during physical education classes, it helps expand physical movements such as hand coordination, foot speed, and also rhythm.
In the Philippines, Tininkling is performed on special occasions, such as the Filipino Independence Day, as a celebration of Filipino culture and Filipino pride. Though many assume that it originated during Spanish occupation, Tininkling can be traced to India where it may share a cultural root.
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