A traditional Balinese dancer performing 29 Jan 2017
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Balinese women and men dress in brightly-coloured clothes trimmed with gold to perform their beautifully unique dances. From a young age, children learn traditional dances with discipline and poise from teachers in their villages. This ensures the preservation of their history and the arts, which are deeply rooted in the Balinese culture.
Each dance conveys a story from the Hindu religion. The most common dance is the Barong, a dance portraying the struggle between good and evil. Legong is an intense dance usually performed by young girls using movements, not only of their body but also their heads, eyes, and hands. The Kecak, sees male dancers entranced while performing acts of walking over hot coals. The best place to see one of Balis dynamic ritual dances is in Ubud on Insight Guides' Bali's Beaches and Temples trip.