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Thousands of dancers expected to join Indonesia Menari 2019

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, October 1, 2019  /  03:36 pm
Thousands of dancers expected to join Indonesia Menari 2019

Participants are ready to perform at annual event 'Indonesia Menari 2017' on Sunday, November 19, 2017 in Grand Indonesia, Central Jakarta. (Galeri Indonesia Kaya/File)

Indonesia Menari (Indonesia Dances), a nationwide dance competition, is set to return in November in several major cities across the country.

Inaugurated in 2012, Indonesia Menari expects to involve 6,500 participants in seven cities this year.

Renitasari Adrian, program director of Indonesian culture information portal Indonesia Kaya, said in a statement that three cities were added to host the dance competition, namely South Sulawesi’s Makassar, North Sumatra’s Medan and South Sumatra’s Palembang.

Last year, Semarang in Central Java was the only additional city to host the event, joining Jakarta, West Java’s Bandung and Central Java’s Surakarta.

“We hope that with more cities, people can be more exposed to traditional dance presented in a modern package,” said Renitasari.

Registration opened on Indonesia Kaya’s website on Sept. 29, while the event itself will take place on Nov. 17.

Read also: More than 4,000 people participate in Indonesia Menari 2018

Those who are interested in taking part in the event can watch the tutorial for the competition's basic dance moves at before further developing their own choreography.

The basic dance moves, a combination of traditional and modern styles, were created by choreographer Ufa Sofura, who also created last year’s moves.

Meanwhile, the dance music was composed by music producer Jevin Julian using six traditional songs, namely “Anging Mamiri”, “Ondel-ondel”, “Sik sik si Batu Manikam”, “Dek Sangke”, “Gundul-gundul Pacul” and “Manuk Dadali”.

Indonesia Menari is open to individuals and groups of five to seven dancers, all of whom will compete for hundreds of millions of rupiah worth of prizes. (mut)

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