I can dance this!

and so could most of my fifth-grade class. Tinikling is a Filipino dance style which involves jumping over bamboo poles. (Warning: auto-loading midi file. Actually, there’s a better auto-loading file — an MP3?! not smart — here.) One explanation is that the bamboo poles were a form of torture employed by Spanish colonialists, and the dance helped the natives they enslaved avoid being bruised and cut. I had previously heard the little bird explanation.

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