Bali dance & music
candid dance and music tips
Why the dance
and music of Bali
They entertain and uplift your spirit. Both art forms have been performed and acclaimed in
major cultural centers around the world. Experiencing them in Bali is the ultimate experience.
Most Balinese dances relate to segments of the Ramayana, an ancient Hindu epic illustrating the
perpetual struggle between good and evil.
The three favorite dances among
locals and tourists in Bali are:
Depicts the conflict between the good Barong
(dressed in a fanciful lion-like costume) and the evil Rangda.
classic dance. Graceful. Performed by three pre-pubescent girls in colorful attire.
Although this frenetic
dance was not choreographed until the 1930s (and by a Westerner), the Kecak is convincingly rooted in Balinese
tradition. Typically, it features 50 to 100 bare-chested men
sitting cross-legged in tight concentric circles. They play the role of monkeys, which is why the dance is
sometimes called the "monkey dance". As they sway in unison, they repeatedly chant the
nonsensical phrase "kechak ke chak”
virtually non-stop and without musical accompaniment. They do this in a hypnotic beat to scare away an evil spirit.
Several Balinese dancers help dramatize the story.
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