WATCH THIS: Filipino Georgia Tech students go viral for ‘Gen Z’ Tinikling dance

Gen Z Tinikling dance
A video of Filipino students performing the Tinikling—a traditional folk dance from the Philippines—has gone viral. Screengrabs from Erick Floresca FB.

Filipino students from the Georgia Institute of Technology in the United States have gone viral on the internet for their modern take on the Tinikling, a traditional folk dance from the Philippines.

The “Gen Z Tinikling” viral video has amassed over 6,300,000 views and 103,000 shares on Facebook as of this writing.

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Members of the Georgia Tech Filipino Student Association put their own creative twist on the traditional Filipino folk dance in the viral video shared by Erick Floresca on Facebook.

The Georgia Tech students performed the Tinikling to the tune of the rap song “Dolla Sign Slime” by American singer Lil Nas X, creating a modern, “Gen Z” rendition of the Pinoy traditional dance.

The Tinikling is a traditional folk dance where a pair of dancers taps bamboo poles together on the floor as another pair skillfully dances to the beat over and in between the poles. The student dancers were praised by netizens on social media for their modern dance moves and for honoring their Filipino heritage through the performance.

The dance performance was part of the student organization’s “Halo Halo Mixer” cultural event that aimed to promote traditional Filipino culture and diversity through dances, food, and activities.

The students’ viral Tinikling dance and other performances were showcased in the event which was live-streamed on April 16, 2022.

The Georgia Tech Filipino Student Association from Atlanta, Georgia aims to promote Filipino culture and the education of Filipino traditions among students. The club intends to build relationships between students through social events, meetings, and service activities and to bring together students of diverse backgrounds and cultures.

Filipinos in the San Francisco Bay Area earlier went viral with their Tinikling cotillion dance video which was noticed by popular Filipino-American rapper Saweetie aka Diamonté Harper.

Philippine folk dances have been showcased by folk dancer Eric Solano of Parangal Dance Company in three folklore festivals in Bulgaria and the dance group UPeepz which showcased Philippine heritage in music and dance in their last performance on NBC’s World of Dance (WOD).

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