Balinese dancing is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen and going to a performance was a highlight of my time in Bali.
Balinese dance is an ancient dance tradition that is part of the religious and artistic expression of the people on the island. It is dynamic, angular and intensely expressive. It’s a beautiful, slow-moving, mesmerizing dance! Balinese dancers express the stories through bodily gestures such as moving their fingers, heads, and eyes in slight, slow, angular patterns that has its roots in Hinduism. Bali dancers start learning as children.
I saw the dance in Ubud, where most people end up seeing one too. It’s supposed to be the most traditional as well as one of the best places to see it. I’m not an expert on Balinese dancing so I’m not sure if that is true. However, what is true is that what I saw at the Ubud Palace was phenomenal.
The way the dancers move and time their rhythm to the sound was as creepy and weird as it was amazing nad beautiful. Take a look and see what I mean:
Tips for Seeing a Dance Show
- Dances happen every night of the week. Don’t worry if you are busy one night.
- The shows last about 90 minutes and tickets cost 80,000 Rupiah.
Where to See a Dance Show in Bali
- Uluwatu Temple (Uluwatu Temple, Pecatu, +62 (0)361 904 1163)
- Devdan Show at Nusa Dua Theatre (Nusa Dua Theatre, Jalan Nusa Dua, Nusa Dua, +62 (0)361 770 197)
- Kampoeng Bali (RIMBA Jimbaran Bali by AYANA, Jalan Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran, +62 (0)361 846 8468)
- Café Lotus Ubud (Jalan Raya, +62 (0)361 975 660)
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