Aray – Learn to dance series

Aray is a dance from the Maria Clara Suite, whose words are sung in “Chabacano-ermitense,” a hybrid of Spanish that was only spoken in the Ermita district before the turn of the century and today is extinct. The dance itself is a flirtatious one that involves graceful use of the pañuelo, or shawl by the women and tambourines held by the men.