Dances from the Philippines Sulu, this is a Jolo dance. "Sua-sua" literally means "little orange plant," and it is the name of a wooing dance and its accompanying song. The motions of this dance, according to elder Moros, have been adjusted and modernized. It is said that if you know the song well, then you can tell how much money the dancer has spent on him or her by looking at how many plants are used in performing it.
The sua-sua was originally performed by men but today is done mostly by women. They wear short skirts and high heels as they jump around throwing their arms in the air while singing along with the music.
This unique dance style originated in Jolo Island, Philippines. The lyrics of the song describe how a woman rejects several lovers before choosing one; according to some historians, the dance itself symbolizes the outcome of these battles between lovers.
Whether you call it Filipino dancing, Pilipino dancing, or Sulu dancing, the sua-sua is a popular choice among young people who want to show off their athletic skills while having fun at fiestas or parties.
The sua-sua is usually part of a larger performance that may include other dances from the Philippines such as the kulintang, bayanhan, and palarong makara.
Sua Ku Sua dance translates to "My Pomelo Tree." It started in Jolo, Sulu, where the majority of the residents are famers or sea farmers. This dance was designed to be a courting dance, performed by two or more individuals, usually a man and a female. The male would go to his pomelo tree and shake it vigorously. If the fruit dropped from the tree, then he had found a suitable bride.
Today, this dance is still performed as a sign of respect by Filipinos in rural areas when asking for favors. It is also used when welcoming people into your home. Men will go to their pomelo trees and shake them before bringing guests in.
Pomelos are tropical fruits that grow on a vine. They look like small watermelons with brown skin and white flesh. The fruit gets its name from the French word for melon, "pomellier." In English, it's known as acid lime.
Filipinos have many different names for pomelos. There are sweet and sour varieties. Sweet pomelos are usually pink in color while sour ones are yellow or green. Both are delicious eaten raw or cooked.
In the Philippines, pomelos are often used in cakes, pies, and desserts. They add a nice flavor to most any baked good.
They include a lot of coconut. It comes from Jolo, Sulu. There are two versions of how this dance came about. One version is that there was a young man who loved a beautiful girl. She did not love him back because he was poor. One day when she was washing her hair at a river bank, the guy came along and washed her clothes too. Then he asked her to marry him but she refused. Enraged, he took his knife and cut off one of her fingers which he then gave to her as a sign of love. She was supposed to return the favor by doing the same with his finger but instead she danced for joy.
Another version says that she was dancing in front of her house while he was under a tree eating his pomelo when they both fell in love at first sight. Both versions end with them getting married.
This song is very popular in the Philippines. You can hear it played at barbecues, parties, and even during wedding ceremonies. It is usually done by a group of musicians called a swing band since this dance is commonly done at social events where people dance to the music of the band.
The word "sua" means "my" in Arabic.