The Rigodon—also called Rigodon de Honor—is a traditional formal dance from the Philippines that evolved from dances brought to the Pacific islands by Spanish settlers in the sixteenth century (the Rigodon dance was also said to be popular in French and Spanish courts). Historically, the dance is meant to represent a certain sense of elevated status among those who take part in it, and is often performed at galas, balls and other formal occasions celebrated by the rich and powerful, especially those in government. The dance itself begins with the announcement of pairs and then proceed to posistioning through the ballroom.
The steps of the Rigodon are meant to be performed gracefully and elegantly; participants should have excellent posture and complete their steps crisply and almost rigidly. Each pair of participants wears their best barongs and ternos.
The couples who will be performing the Rigodon at the Gala will be: