Singkil Dance

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The Singkíl dance originated from the Maranao people who inhabit the shores of Lake Lanao. It is derived from a story in the Darangen, the Maranao interpretation of the ancient Indian epic, the Ramayana. The name of the dance itself means “to entangle the feet with disturbing objects such as vines or anything in your path”. It is a popular dance performed during celebrations and other festive entertainment. Originally only women, particularly royalty, danced the Singkíl, which serves as either a conscious or unconscious advertisement to potential suitors.

This card came from Julie from The Philippines. 🙂

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Moulin Rouge

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When I hear about Moulin Rouge, the first thing in my mind is the movie. “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.” I love that movie!

As for the original Moulin Rouge cabaret in Paris… The house was co-founded in 1889 by Charles Zidler and Joseph Oller, who also owned the Paris Olympia. Close to Montmartre in the Paris district of Pigalle (known as the Parisian red lights district) on Boulevard de Clichy in the 18th arrondissement, it is marked by the red windmill on its roof.

Moulin Rouge is best known as the spiritual birthplace of the modern form of the can-can dance. Originally introduced as a seductive dance by the courtesans who operated from the site, the can-can dance revue evolved into a form of entertainment of its own and led to the introduction of cabarets across Europe. Today, Moulin Rouge is a tourist attraction, offering musical dance entertainment for visitors from around the world.

Definitely a place I’d like to visit some day! The card came from Candy from Hong Kong. 🙂