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Thousands to participate in International Dance Day in Surakarta

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Wed, April 26, 2017  /  05:16 pm
Thousands to participate in International Dance Day in Surakarta

A group of dancers perform a colossal dance, the Pesona Solo Kemilau, during the Solo 24 Jam Menari dance festival on Jl. Jend. Soedirman in Surakarta, Central Java, on April 28 and 29. (JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi)

Thousands of dancers are set to perform in the annual International Dance Day celebration at the Indonesian Arts Institute (ISI) Surakarta on April 29.

Most of the dancers will take turns showcasing their skills during the 24-hour event, but three dancers, namely Danang Pamungkas from Solo, Anter Asmorotedjo from Yogyakarta and Asep Suleman from Bandung, are slated to perform nonstop around the clock.

ISI Surakarta rector Sri Rochana said the event, initiated by the school of performing arts, serves as a place for the students to practice dancing, stage management, choreography and karawitan (music ensemble).

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Students and lecturers from other faculties, as well as by dance studios, will also participate in the event. According to, up to 182 dance studios and 3,760 artists from Surakarta, Yogyakarta, Jakarta, Bali and Palu have registered to join the celebration.

"There are no selection processes for the event. Child dancers can perform on the same stage with experienced dancers,” said Sri.

Organizer Eko Supendi said people from outside the city have been showing high interest in participating in the event despite the fact that they would have to arrange their own transportation to Surakarta. “We only provide them the stage and meals,” he said. (mas/kes)