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Places for HappinessCommunity, Self, and Performance in the Philippines$
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William Peterson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780824851637

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824851637.001.0001

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Street Dance and a Bayan-Centered Framework

Street Dance and a Bayan-Centered Framework

(p.152) Chapter 6 Street Dance and a Bayan-Centered Framework
Places for Happiness

William Peterson

University of Hawai'i Press

(3–6 sentences; 150 words): Chapter Six considers the phenomenon of street dancing, a quasi-folkloric dance form with a wide range of regional expressions. A key feature of festivals where it is competitively judged, it has a significant position in the cultural landscape, also serving as a marker for regional ethnic identities. An analysis of the winning routine at the 2013 Aliwan Fiesta, the national street dancing competition, reveals the ways in which folk traditions have been turned into homogenized expressions of the local. Examples drawn from folk, ritual, and folk-inflected dance at various sites both domestically and among Filipinos in the diaspora provide the core data around which to articulate an interactive model for bayan¬-in-action, a series of frameworks that suggest dance is the most significant and widespread mode through which Filipionos perform their relationship to place and bayan

Keywords:   Philippines, dance, Aliwan Fiesta, street dance, competition, bayan, identity, happiness

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