Philippines: Dancing all the Way

Presented by

Julie Hayes


In the Philippines, dancing and music are an important aspect of culture.

The Philippine archipelago comprises 7,107 islands, and as many as 175 languages are spoken. Most regions of the country developed their own specific dances as well, many of which are still enjoyed during religious ceremonies, harvest festivals, holidays, funerals, and other important events.

Join Julie Hayes, co-founder of HAPA Filipino Dancers, as she teaches participants about Filipino culture in this active workshop based on the Legend of Alitaptap – the story of how fireflies were created.

Julie will lead the participants through a musical warm up, including traditional songs and folk dance. Participants will depict fireflies found in the Philippines while dancing the  “Alitaptap” (Firefly).

Upon request, this presentation can also include instruction in paper-folding. This workshop can be easily modified for length and age.

This workshop works best in a gym or open area with a flat surface in which participants can stand with arms extended without touching a neighbor.

Workshop Details


The Philippines


Dance, Music, Physical Education, Social Studies, Visual Art



Standard Length


Room Setup

Room with space for dancing - works in a gym or a classroom

Supplies/Equipment Needed:

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