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Introduction Barong Dance Legong Dance Kecak Dance
  Ramayana Ballet Makepung Wayang Kulit

Legong Dance

Also accompanied by the Gong Kebyar (see above), The Legong dance is perhaps the most graceful of Balinese dances. It is performed only by young girls 8-12 years old (after reaching puberty the girls usually stop performing this dance). Three girls perform the dance - 2 Legongs and an attendant. With their lithe bodies, the dance tells the tale of a certain princess Rangkesari who is held captive by King Laksmi. The princess' brother, Daha, tries to persuade King Laksmi to let his sister go. When the king refuses Daha, gathers an army together to force his sister's release. On his away to attack King Laksmi Daha is attacked by a crow. This proves to be a bad omen as later on Daha is killed in battle. Even though you never see the male characters the dance ends as the King leaves to fight Daha.

Where to see the Legong Dance:
Puri Saren, Ubud Mondays and Saturdays 7:30 p.m.
Peliatan Village, Ubud Fridays 7.30 p.m.