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Japanese perform Balinese dances

  • Irawaty Wardany

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 14 2008   /  10:09 am

"When I first saw a Balinese traditional dance I was astounded," said Indonesian Mia Damron, a student of Wyarihita Bali dance studio in Yokohama, Japan. On Friday night pupils of the studio performed in front of hundreds of spectators who had gathered in front of the Denpasar Art Center's Wantilan stage. Everything about Bali was very hard to resist, Damron said. She is an example of how the beauty of Balinese culture has succeeded in attracting the adoration and devotion of so many people from all over the world. She did not merely visit Bali to bask under its warm sun, but also to take an active role in honoring its culture and tradition. On that night, Damron and her fellow dancers from Wyarihita studio performed nine traditional dances: Puspanjali, Legong Guak Macok, Cendrawasih, Oleg Tamulilingan, Bayan Nginte, Panji Semirang, Trunajaya, K...