When you are fortunate enough to see a really good, genuine Balinese dance you will be enthralled. Well I certainly hope you will be, as I was all those years ago. There is a magic about the performance which is quite different from other dances. It is ritualistic, but compelling and magnetic. It’s hard to tear your eyes away. First of course, comes the music. A good performance must certainly be accompanied by a full gamelan orchestra which, if you have not heard one yet, is unlike any music in the west. A cacophony of gongs and Xylophone type instruments, pentatonic and repetitive but flowing like a wild mountain stream down a hillside. It’s an experience all by itself.

When you are fortunate enough to see a really good, genuine Balinese dance you will be enthralled. Well I certainly hope you will be, as I was all those years ago. There is a magic about the performance which is quite different from other dances. It is ritualistic, but compelling and magnetic. It’s hard to tear your eyes away.

First of course, comes the music. A good performance must certainly be accompanied by a full gamelan orchestra which, if you have not heard one yet, is unlike any music in the west. A cacophony of gongs and Xylophone type instruments, pentatonic and repetitive but flowing like a wild mountain stream down a hillside. It’s an experience all by itself.

Then out come the dancers. So brilliantly costumed, so beautifully made up, so colourful and so delicate. It’s an assault on the senses with their eyes flashing and their feet delicately tapping in a peculiar but attractive bent-kneed stance.  For me it was love at first sight.

As you watch you can’t help but wonder, “what are the finger and head positions all about?” Is there really a meaning behind all the gestures and eye movements? It’s fascinating and astonishing at the same time. How can anyone remember the steps and movements?

But they do. And the immaculate timing between musicians and dancers is rarely compromised. They are amazingly coordinated. Practice must be punishing.
But – and there’s always a but – amid the bustle of cocktails bars, fashion outlets, clubs, pubs, malls and chill places in Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Tuban, etc. the places to see a good dance have all but disappeared. You have to go looking further afield. But it’s still there. Please spend one night of your holiday watching a dance preferably in a quiet village somewhere off the beaten track. Then you will really feel you are in Bali.!

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