Stories of our Land, People, and Identity

Sayaw Pilipino Folk Dance Troupe is a student-based performing arts group of the Filipino American Student Association (FASA) at the University of Washington. Taking our name from a Filipino word meaning "dance," Sayaw shares and celebrates the stories of our rich heritage and culture through the artistic expression of dance.


With performances up and down the West Coast since the late 1980's, Sayaw rehearses year-round to educate and entertain.  We have been fortunate to share our talents and celebrate at various UW campus events, as well as Lunar New Year festivals, Simbanggabi celebrations, Pista sa Nayon, NW Folklife Festival, and the Peace Arch Park's Summer Concert Series in Blaine, Washington. We are especially honored and proud to be a part of this annual Pagdiriwang celebration.


Folk dances of the Philippines may depict daily life, ritual and ceremonial dances, celebration and social-gathering dances- such as celebrating a good harvest; or they may be more abstract and symbolic, such as fish twirling in the ocean waves. Sayaw’s performance today features dances from the Barrio Fiesta Suite, which capture the agrarian or rural lifestyle in the Philippines, as well as dances from the Mindanao Suite, which reflect that region's rich Muslim heritage. The dances in the Mindanao set feature live musical accompaniment on kulintang, agong, and percussion.

Whether it is a jota from the Spanish-influenced Maria Clara Suite, a ‘tachok’ or thanksgiving dance from the Cordillera Suite, a dance symbolizing water from the Mindanao suite, or the very well-known Tinikling from the Barrio Fiesta Suite, Sayaw is proud to share all of these dances, which tell the story of our land, our people, our identity. Contact Sayaw at: 




Jelwyn Agbayani,  Nicole Caparas, Bryttnii Cariaso, Angela Chiem, Megan DeMorse, Jessica Galinato, Jocelyn Gonzales, Joanne Quirey, Sara Santos, Isabella Tinte, Gyles Batara, John Robyn Buenavista, Adrian DelaCruz, RJ Dumo, Ryan Fok, Soren Reyes, Josh Rollins, Kendrick Untalan, Christian Valdez


DANCES (Saturday)

Bailes de Antaño, Jota Manileña, Paseo de Iloilo, La Estudiantina, Maglalatik, Pandanggo sa Ilaw - Oasiwas, Tinikling

DANCES (Sunday)

Maglalatik, Pandanggo sa Ilaw - Oasiwas, Sayaw sa Bangko, Binasuan, Subli, and Tinikling 


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