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There are dozens of dances in Bali. The first step is to learn basic gestures of Legong for ladies or Baris for men.
Topeng (Mask Dance)
Every mask in this dance is considered a sacred object and believed to possess spirits that must be captured by the dancer's own soul.
This dance represents the struggle between the Good and the Evil. Good is personified by the mythological character Barong Ketet and Evil by the wicked Rangda.
This is performed by three dancers - the first character seen on the stage being a Condong (female clown) and the other two representing the princess Rangkesari of Daha, and King Lasem who forcibly carries off Rangkesari.
This dance is usually used to welcome and greet people.
Kebyar means a sudden flare or flash. The style is a clear example of the direct relationship between music and dance.
With heroic poses and fiercely determined facial expressions, this dance is a good abstract character - study of a Balinese warrior.