AlunAlun invites you to visit us in our virtual booth on March 26, 2021, 1-2 PM; and 5-6 PM. This is an opportunity for anyone interested in pangalay to meet and talk with our dancers and members, see our videos, and learn more about the dance. AlunAlun Dance Circle Virtual Booth Details: March 26, 2021, […]
The AlunAlun Dance Circle
We seek to preserve Pangalay, a living link to traditional dance cultures in the Asian region where sensitivity is the key to learning and mastery of the many nuances of traditional dances. Pangalay has closest affinity to the Indian, Javanese, Thai, Burmese and Cambodian styles of classical dancing.
Under the tutelage of pangalay dance teacher and choreographer, Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa, the AlunAlun Dance Circle aspires to revive, stimulate and sustain interest in ancient Filipino art forms, notably the pangalay dance style, through comprehensive dance instruction, research, and performances.
Pangalay: literally, a gift offering.
Pangalay also means "temple of dance" in Sanskrit. Pangalay antedates Christianity and Islam in the Philippines. Among Philippine indigenous dances, the pangalay dance style has the richest movement vocabulary. It is the closest to a classical form.
News and Updates
We are happy to announce that the AlunAlun Dance Circle will be participating at the Palitan (Arts Fair) segment of the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ TULOY PO KAYO: The CCP Online Multi-Arts Open Community Festival, the very first and the biggest virtual multi-arts festival in the country! Tuloy Po Kayo, happening on March 19 […]
In the short film Kuwento ng Mga Aninong Sumasayaw (Tale of Dancing Shadows), three children tell the story of how pangalay was researched and documented by Teacher Ligaya (Amilbangsa) through the use of her own shadow cast against a wall by a lighted candle. In the 1970s when Amilbangsa started her research, there was no […]