Legong Dance

The Legong Dance is the most feminine dance on Bali and can contain different stories. Eighteen different kinds of Legong Dances have developed and depending on the story the dancers tell, 2 – 5 girls may perform at the same time.
In the most popular form of  Legong, knows as Legong Kraton, three female dancers perform together. Every dance has several things in common; the intricately made and decorated costumes, the headdress with frangipani flowers and the dancers wear beautiful elaborate make up. Dancers are accompanied by a gamelan orchestra.
Many young girls want to become popular Legong Dancers, however only the most talented girls are allowed to perform on stage.
Their dance education can start as early as four years old white the body is still very flexible. For some special temple ceremonies, that occur only every thirty to fifty years, only young girls or boys that have not yet reached puberty can perform a special dance for the Gods. The Balinese believe that before puberty, it is easier for these young innocent boys and girls to enter a trance.
Performances in restaurants are for entertainment only and can be performed by dancers of all ages.