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Meera, Keempee A.



Romantic Dance
Carinosa a South East Asian
dance style when translated
literally means “Loving or
affectionate one”. This “romantic”
dance is said to have originated
from Philippines, and is
supposed to be heavily
influenced by the Hispanic
culture. A fan or a handkerchief
is said to play a major role in this
dance. Furthermore, this form of
dancing is said to comprise of
elements belonging to styles
such as Bolero and Jarabe

History/origin of the Carinosa:

It was during the 15th century that Philippines was colonized for the first time by the Spanish.
Furthermore, it was during this period that the Spanish colonial masters introduced this dance
style into the “Filipino” culture.

Costumes used in the Carinosa:

Initially a Maria Clara gown and Barong Tagalong, a formal shirt was used as costumes for
this dance style. Furthermore, attire such as patadyong kimona (a dress belonging to the
Visayan community), camisa de chino (a white sleeve), Barong Tagalog, and coloured pants.

Music involved in the Carinosa:

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:

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 none available around the world since this “romantic” dance is mainly
performed in the Philippines.