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Nearly 50 Years of Kauai Philippine Dance
For nearly 50 years The Bailes de Jose Philippine Dance Troupe of Kauai, Hawaii has been expressing the cultural heritage of the Philippines through dance, striving to meet our audiences whimsy and to fulfill their fantasy with our commitment to provide entertainment within our genre of Filipino folk dance capabilities.
People interested in requesting a dance performance, expressing the culture of the Philippines, have typcially began by contacting us to check whether our repertoire meets their needs. This initial contact was also an appropriate time for us to discuss the basic concerns we have to establish clarity and arrangements on the date and time of the performance;
A) Information on the performance area and the technical support available; amenities such as dressing room accommodations in proximity to the performance area;
B) And whether stipends and/or honorariums may be donated to the No-Profit Volunteer Managed Philippine Dance Troupe. If available, those funding resources would be used for production purposes which include the purchase of:
2) The sewing of costumes;
3) The acquisition of props and accessories;
4) And all the other nuts-and-bolts aspects of meeting the needs and requirements for the dance Troupe members to be “performance-ready”.
Since this Troupe was formed nearly 50 years ago in 1967, no member of the dance troupe has ever been paid as we are all VOLUNTEERS.
All of us have met voluntarily, and dancers have not been charged a fee to learn the dances and disciplines of becoming Dance Troupe members.
Philippine Dance Repertoire
We have been able to present representative dances from the following major suites:
A) The primitive tribal dances from the northern region of islands of the Philippines;
B) Dances which reflect Spanish influences upon the cultural diversity of the “pearl of the orient”;
C) The diversity of regional variations, with emphasis on the provincial, rural-lifestyles of country-side villages throughout the Philippines;
D) The exotic nuances of the moro tribes of the southern portion of the Philippine archipelago.
Philippine & Hawaiin Dance
Along with these Philippine dances, it has been possible for us to interweave the presentation of beloved melodies and folk songs, as well as, influences and diversities interwoven into the tapestry of Hawaii’s multi-ethnic cultural scenario, here where the essence of Aloha Spirit prevails.
It has been possible for the Philippine Bailes de Jose Dance Troupe to invite other exponents who have been recognized for their expertise in cultural presentations to be a part of the program presentation.
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