History of Legong Dance




 
Bali Island is not only known by its beauty panoramic, but also known by its local dances. There are many kinds of dance in bali, one of them is called Legong Dance. Have you heard Legong dance before? Legong dance is a classic dance which original from Bali, Indonesia. This dance is very liked by local and foreign tourist. Its rhythmic and lively movements dazzling every eyes who watching this dance. 
Legong dance is derived from the local word “leg” which means elastic or flexible, while “gong” intended for Balinese gamelan. So, the Legong dance is a dance that prioritize body flexibility with following the gamelan rhythm.The beginning of Legong dance is very long time ago, that is in 19thcentury. At that time Prince Suawati was seriously ill and need a lot of rest time for his recovery. One day, when he sleep in kingdom’s luxury room, he dreaming of two women dancing in front of him.
Finally  when  recovered, he tell what he dreamed of to his three  daughters. The three daughters was very interested by the story, and wants to practice Legong dance. With pleasure, Prince Suawati teaches his daughters. Even he also invite the peoples to practice Legong dance together. The women trained to dance, while men are trained to play balinese music instrument called gamelan. After practice in long time, finally they have all the dance movements and gamelan rhythms.
 
     
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