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Two Movie Dates: Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa (Part 2 of 2)

Kinukumutan ka ng aking pagtitig (My stare blankets you),” is the line firstly spoken in the film. The tone, abridged by Jean Garcia’s strong performance as a feminist professor, heaps up Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa (The Dance of Two Left Feet) atop its ambitions.

Karen (Jean Garcia) teaches literature at Far Easter University while moonlighting as a dance instructor at night. Her stares piercing, standing on assurance yet distant and straight as an arrow with her speech. Marlon’s (Paolo Avelino) fascination of Karen testaments to this authority. A struggling student in the class, Marlon crawls up to her stature, spying on her life outside school leading to him finding out that she holds dance classes after her university work. Eager to measure up this time in her dancing class, he hires Karen’s assistant Dennis (Rocco Nacino) for an extra gig of Thursday night lessons of the basics. Karen soon finds out about this secret sessions that sparks a rift between Dennis and Marlon for which the professor is quick to fan out by hiring them as instructors for an upcoming cotillion. Later, Karen’s requests for a grant is released which commissions her to stage an interpretation of Huladapnon, a local epic dance where the lead Huladapnon (played by Marlon) is trapped in a cave full of seducing women. Buyung Sunmasakay (portrayed by Dennis) hopes to save the datu  from the Taramban women under the incarnation of Nagmalitong Yawa, the shape-shifting goddess.

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