Most of the Balinese dances influenced by the Hindu rituals, such as the sacred dance of Sanghyang Dedari rather than the requested hyang spirit that is believed to have the dancers in a trance state during the performance. Though, some of other Balinese dances are not associated with religious rituals, and are created for a specific purpose, such as Pendet dance for entertainment purposes.
Balinese dance performance can be watched during the temple festival, at the tourist centers, however most authentic ones are found around Ubud.
Here’s the list of Balinese dance that you should definitely watch
Bali Kecak Dance
One of the most Balinese most famous dances is Kecak drama dance. The dance is performed without musical instrument but with a men’s choir set who gives the chak-a-chak-a-chak sound instead.
Kecak tells the Ramayana story, searches Prince Rama to save his wife Sita after he was kidnapped by Rawana, Raja Lanka. Rama was taken to Lanka by Sugriwa, the monkey king, with his monkey army.
Barong & Keris dance
Barong and Keris dance is another popular Balinese dance telling the story about the the fight between the good spirit (Barong) and the bad spirit (Rangda) using the sharp powerful Keris.
Bali Legong Dance
Bali legong dance is the most elegant dance and has various forms, but Legong Kraton (Legong of the Palace) is the most commonly performed. A show involves only three dancers – two Legong artists accompanied by the third artist known as the Condong or attendant.