Students dance 'Gen Z Tinikling' at American university in viral video

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A video of a tinikling dance piece featuring students from the Filipino Student Association at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, USA, went viral on Facebook. (Screenshot of video by FSA)
A video of a tinikling dance piece featuring students from the Filipino Student Association at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, USA, went viral on Facebook. (Screenshot of video by FSA)

Students at an American university are seen performing a "modern" interpretation of the Filipino folk dance, tinikling, in a video which has gone viral.

The dance piece, featuring students from the Filipino Student Association at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, USA, has racked up over 5.8 million views on Facebook after Erick Floresca shared the video.

Several students deftly skip between clacking bamboo sticks as they dance to the song "Dolla Sign Slime" by rapper Lil Nas X.

The performance was part of the student group's Halo Halo Mixer event on April 16, at which Filipino culture was showcased.

Erin Floresca, the co-vice president of the association, told WhenInManila.com that the "Gen Z Tinikling" was choreographed by one of their dance coordinators, Ethan Ray, who's the first dancer seen in the video.

“We served Filipino food (including Halo Halo) and performed traditional Filipino dances (tinikling, cariñosa, pandanggo sa ilaw) as well as modern dances that included a modernized version of tinikling. Through this event, we wanted to exhibit Filipino Culture to our university, which we felt lacked significant Filipino representation,” said Floresca.

Netizens were floored by the performance. One wrote, "Wow. They modernized the tinikling. The choreography is amazing."

Another said, "That's dope foot work."

Some pointed out that some of the Filipino flags displayed during the performance were flipped in the wrong orientation. Floresca said, "We were made aware that many of our flags were oriented incorrectly, so that is something we will remember to correct in the future."

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