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The sound of
(Taksu: Never Ending Art Creativity)
Balinese dance is unique, dynamic, and the movement is very complex. When dancing, a dancer has to be able to exercize all of her body's parts from head to toe. The most important thing she needs to remember is she has to always bend her knees, her back, and keeps her shoulders wide open.
Here are some examples of the movements.
Examples of the leg movements
Tampak sirang pada means
foot angled to each other.
Examples of the hand movements
Examples of the finger movements
Jeriring means trembling
Examples of the body movements
Ngotag dada means to shak
Examples of the neck movement
Ngepik means to shake the
neck right and left without twisting it
The uniqueness about Balinese dance that distinguishes it from others is in the eye movement or seledet. The eyes are glanced right and/or left accompanied by the chin. While doing this, the eyes must be wide opened and must not be blinked.
Besides the movement of the entire body, facial expression is also very crucial. It shows the character of the dance; happy, angry, sad, shocked, love, etc. According to Ni Ketut Reneng, a dance is a subtle combination of the movements of feeling, the body and the spirit.
Parts of the material are taken from Nyoman Djayus, B.A., Teori Tari Bali, Denpasar, Bali: C.V. Sumber Mas Bali, 1980.