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Dance Style Descriptions



Our Popular Tarian (Dances)
Our Popular Tarian (Dances)
Tari Saman - Dance of The Thousand Hands
From the Gayo highlands of Aceh on the island of Sumatra, the Saman dance was originally performed to celebrate noble occasions, as well as to celebrate the birth of Prophet Muhammad. “Saman" is the most popular dance in Aceh and is well-known abroad with the name "Dance of the Thousand hands." The performers kneel in a row on the floor and consists of varying movements of clapping hands. The dance starts with slow movements and increases its tempo gradually to great speed and finally come to a sudden stop. It is an electrifying blend of dance and music, truly a feast for the eyes.
Tari Saman - Dance of The Thousand Hands
Tari Piring - Plate Dance
Tari Piring - Plate Dance
Tari Piring originates from West Sumatra, specifically The Minangkabau. In Islamic West Sumatra the traditional dances have secular, ceremonial functions: to celebrate harvest time, welcome guests, or to honor a new village chief. Tari Piring incorporates everyday movements, such as work in the rice fields and the preparation of food. This dance symbolizes the farmers’ daily activities and is also an expression of the farmers feeling of joy and gratitude due to the abundance of the harvest. It comprises several quick movements with plates that are sometimes thrown to the air which creates the most throbbing atmosphere throughout the dance.
Tari Merak- Peacock Dance
The Tari Merak or Dance of the Peacock is a female dance. The choreography is inspired by the beautiful movements of a peacock. The gestures of a peacock are beautifully blended together with the classical movements of the Sundanese dance and thus making the dance a colorful expression of the proud peacock showing its beautiful feathers. The Tari Merak symbolizes the beauty of nature and its creatures and intends to draw our attention to it and to convince us to dedicate our work to this world.
Tari Merak- Peacock Dance
Tari Ganjen
Tari Ganjen

Tari Ganjen Dance is cheerful dance from the capital city of Jakarta that depicts young women competing to be the best.This dance represents self-independence and “Ganjen” means flirty and lively.

Tari Topeng Blantek
Topeng is Indonesian for “mask.” Tari Topeng Blantek is a dramatic dance in which the various masks depict the multiple personalities the dancer can take on. This dance originates from the Betawi people from Jakarta.
Tari Topeng Blantek
Tari Enggang
Tari Enggang
Tari Enggang originates from Kalimantan, better known as the island of Borneo. This dance involves feathers which portrays the dancers as the horn-billed birds. The hornbill bird has become so sacred to the Dayak community. It is considered to be the dwelling place of the spirits of their ancestors. As an homage, the hornbill feathers become one with the hands of the women who dance this piece and in ceremonies for the Dayak people of Kalimantan. The significance of the hornbill bird is one of a old tale story that can even be a story about longing.
Other dances (Alphabetic Order)
Other dances (Alphabetic Order)
Bajidor Kahot (West Java)
Bajidor Kahot (West Java)
Bajidor Kahot is a dance from West Java which combines the dance movements of Ketuk Tilu and Jaipongan as the basis of its motions. In the dance, hips, arms, shoulders, head, and hands move dynamically. Often the dancers are also moving in formation of interest. Bajidor Kahot dance was created around the year 2000. In addition, the Balinese gamelan music adds to the wealth of music that accompanies the dance. As in jaipongan, Bajidor Kahot is often performed by young women.
Tari Gaba-Gaba
Tari Gaba-Gaba originates from the Ambon region of Indonesia. This dance is performed with handkerchiefs and 4 pieces of long bambo.
Tari Gaba-Gaba
Tari Gending Sriwijaya
Tari Gending Sriwijaya
Gending Sriwijaya is the name of the song and the traditional dance from Palembang, South Sumatra. This song is sung or played during the Gending Sriwijaya dance performance. Both was created to describe the splendor, cultural refinement, glory and the grandeur of Srivijayan empire that once succeed on unifying the western parts of Indonesian archipelago.
Tari Indang
Beginning and growing in the mosques of the Pariaman community in the coastal area of Minangkabau, this dance is usually performed in ritual or ceremonial events. Indang, which is the mini tambourine used in this dance, becomes the main rhythm with each dancer’s movement. The songs sung in this dance is based off of religious meaning as this dance evolved within the mosques of the communities.
Tari Indang
Tari Jaipong Rengkak
Tari Jaipong Rengkak
Rengkak is one of the styles of Tari Jaipong. Rengkak or Jaipong dance originates from West Java, Sunda. This dance describes the story of young girls who are competing to be the best. Besides being very sensual, the dance also shows some of the Martial Arts moves which is one of the base movement of this dance.
Tari Lenggang Nyai
This traditional dance from Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia, strongly influenced by Chinese culture, a new creation originating from Gambang Kromong folk art.The dance depicts lively young girls celebrating their journey to adulthood. It expresses the happiness and freedom of a woman in making life choices according to her womanhood.
Tari Lenggang Nyai
Tari Pakarena rena
Tari Pakarena rena
The Pakarena dance is a traditional dance from South Sulawesi that is accompanied by two (2) drum heads (Gandrang) and a pair of flute instruments such devices (puik-puik). Gentleness dominates this dance’s movements. The people of Makassar usually perform the Pakarena dance in custom or entertainment events. However, people do not consider the dance for entertainment only, but also as an act of giving thanks that is represented by each of the aesthetic movement.
Tari Rantak
Unlike other West Sumanteran dances that are very refined and graceful, Rantak dance is the dance that depicts the bravery of the Minangkabau people especially in self-protection. Pencak Silat, the traditional martial art of West Sumatra, with movements such as taping, hand movements, waving and jumping, dominates the Rantak dance. The composition takes great consideration of space, time and energy (power) thus resulting in an entity presented as an art of expression. This dance describes the dexterity and vigilance of Minangkabau society at their daily life.
Tari Rantak
Tari Tor-Tor
Tari Tor-Tor
Tari Tor-Tor is from the Batak people of North Sumatra. Ancient forms of stones statues are repeated in this dance. This dance is meant to let inner spirits come out during rituals and embodies the daily life experiences of the Batak people, expressing happiness/pleasure, reflection, prayer/worship and ideals.
Tari Yapong
Tari Yapong is a Betawi Dance from Jakarta. It is performed as a welcoming dance to entertain guests in traditional celebrations.
Tari Yapong
Yosim Pancar (Papua)
Yosim Pancar (Papua)
The people of Papua love to joke, play and boat in the rivers throughout the jungle of Papua. Their foolishness and daily life activities such as hunting boar are all done together with a sense of love and romance.
Tari Zapin (Riau)
Zapin is a Malay dance form that is popular in Sumatra (Riau Province, Jambi province, Riau Islands Province, North Sumatra, and Bangka-Belitung Islands). It is believed to have been introduced by Arab, Muslim missionaries from the Middle East in the fourteenth century. It used to be performed exclusively for religious ceremonies but through the years it has become a form of traditional entertainment.
Tari Zapin (Riau)
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