One of the richness of Indonesia that you shouldn’t miss when travelling here is the traditional dances. Each region has their own dances and they have their own meaning. In Bali alone, there are so many dances. UNESCO recognizes three genres of traditional dance in Bali, Indonesia, as Intangible cultural heritage. The three genres includes Wali (sacred dances), Bebali (semi-sacred dances) and Balih-balihan (dances for entertainment purposes). You can find these dances in the temples or in special occasions. However, since Bali is a tourist destination, you can also find and enjoy these dances while eating. We listed some places where you can dine in and enjoy these traditional dances.
1. BALINESE DANCE GALORE
Where: Made’s Warung Seminyak | +62361 732130
We all know and love Made’s Warung for its nasi campur since 1969. Now they have four branches in Bali and one in Amsterdam. The bigest one yet is the Seminyak Branch, and it gave them room to host some entertainment for their guests. These performances are done by the local dance group from various area in Bali. Every Monday at 20.00-21.00 they have performance from Sanggar Tari Ibu Nym. Budawati – Mengwi; Tuesday from 19.30–21.00 you can enjoy Sangar Tari Bp. Kt. Sudirawan – Gianyar; Wednesday on 20.00–21.30 is performances from Sangar Tari A.A. Rai – Gianyar; Friday you can see Sanggar Tari Ibu Alit Arini – Denpasar from 19.30–21.00; and Sunday is the Barong or Legong dance from 19.30–21.00. A must-see, when in Bali.
2. TRUE BALINESE EXPERIENCE
Where: Suku at Conrad Bali | +62361 778788
Connect with the culinary heritage of the ‘Island of the Gods’… and beyond. Suku offers authentic street food from Bali, Java, Thailand, Hong Kong and Singapore, prepared with the freshest produce and the best meats and seafood, served in an open, casual ambience. Vibrant and exciting Balinese dance and musical performances accompany Balinese buffet evenings on Tuesday and Friday.
3. LEGONG & BARONG DANCE
Where: Kunyit Restaurant at The Anvaya Beach Resort Bali | +62361 759991 or email@example.com
Kunyit Restaurant is the ideal introduction to traditional delicacies of Bali and Indonesia, providing a sensory dining experience that specializes in authentic Balinese and Indonesian cuisine.
Kunyit restaurant is famous for their Megibung package. This flavours of Bali can be enjoyed with a marvelous performance of Legong and Barong Dance every Saturday at 7 PM.
4. SEASIDE THEATRE
Where: Alila Manggis | +62363 41011 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Alila Manggis presents Seaside Theatre, celebrating Bali’s distinctive art and culinary traditions. Crafted around the concept of Bale Banjar, the Balinese community hall where village members usually gather for ceremony preparations, music and dances as well as village galas, Seaside Theatre will excite guests with energetic Balinese dances performed under a starlit sky by talented children from Manggis village. They will perform Legong and Genjek Dance. While engaging in this wonderful cultural experience, guests can indulge in a sizzling East and West food theatre that will delight the palate with authentic local ‘Babi Guling’ and Western-style barbecued meats, or an elaborate local and international barbecue street featuring fresh organic produce from land and sea. Price: IDR 675,000++ per person.
5. BALINESE BUFFET DINNER
Where: TepanNoodle at Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel | +62361 751067 or email@example.com
Join us for an opulent and authentic Balinese dining experience and be enthralled with the mystifying Balinese culture and cuisine every Saturday. Featuring live cooking stations with special performances by the hotel staff as well as live cultural performances. The buffet dinner cost Rp. 275.000++ per person. Free of charge for children under 12 years old, one child per one paying adult.
6. TRADITIONAL DANCE FROM INDONESIA
Where: Spice by Chris Salans Sanur | +62361 449 0411 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Salans has been enriching Bali culinary scene for 20 years now. From Mozaic to Spice, we are all fans of his restaurants. The uniqueness of Spice lies in its focus on Balinese and Indonesian flavours using only sustainable local fresh produce. To illustrate the diversity of these flavours, the menu adapts to the seasons depending on the ingredients that are available at the market and each dish is based on a highlighted local ingredient. While enjoying the food, guests can also experience Indonesian dance from the comfort of your seat accompanied with a tropical cocktail in intimate surroundings. This is available only at Spice Sanur every Saturday from 7 PM until 10 PM. Don’t miss it!
7. BUFFET NUSANTARA RAYA
Where: The Best Brew at Four Points Kuta by Sheraton Bali | +62361 849 6606
Four Points by Sheraton Bali, Kuta is offering the real taste of authentic Indonesian culinary with its finest local source and herbs. This Nusantara Raya Buffet is available every Sunday from 6PM – 10PM. The price at IDR 140,000++/person. Not only will you get to taste authentic Indonesian food, you will also be entertained by Modern Balinese Dance.
8. LEGONG ON SUNDAY
Where: Manisan Bali – Ubud | +62361 846 8933 or email@example.com
Manisan Bali presents “Legong Dance” performance every Sunday night in this traditional Javanese Joglo combining age old Javanese elements with modern sophistication and the stage is set up for the ultimate Indonesian culture experience while a dinner is served. The authentic Indonesian six course degustation menu available with price, IDR 325,000++ per person. The show starts at 7.30pm.