Dances of the World – Balinese Dance

Dance and music are sacred art forms in Bali and are based on Hindu and pre-Hindu traditions and function as a window into Balinese culture. Our Balinese dance program will provide an introduction to both Balinese culture and dance. Students will study Tari Desar Laki (male form) and Tari Desar Wanita (female form) along with Tari Pendet – a graceful welcoming dance, and Tari Bari – a fierce warrior dance. They will learn the basic postures and expressions of both dances choreographed to gamelan music specific to each dance. Join us in our Princeton Studio – Wednesdays, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., January 8, 15, 22 & 29.

Balinese dance instructor Sharron Bolen studied and performed Balinese Dance at the Cudamani Institute (associated with UCLA Pacific Rim Studies) in Ubud Bali. She has taught Balinese dance at both Rider University and Princeton Ballet School as part of their world dance programs.