Sundanese dance is a tradition that is part of a ritual, artistic expression as well as entertainment and social conduct among the Sundanese people of West Java, Indonesia. Sundanese dance is usually cheerful, dynamic and expressive, with flowing movements in-sync with the beat of kendang accompanied with Gamelan degung music ensemble.
Cirebon Mask Dance or tari topeng Cirebon is a local indigenous art form of Cirebon in Java. It is called mask dance because the dancers use masks when dancing. There is a lot of variety in Javanese mask dance, both in terms of the dance style and the stories to be conveyed. Sometimes the mask dance can be performed by solo dancers, or it can also be performed by several people. Graceful hand and body movements, and musical accompaniment dominated by drums and fiddle, are hallmarks of Javanese mask dance. The dance is performed on special occasions for local officials, or for other traditional celebrations.
Jaipongan, also known as Jaipong, is also a popular traditional dance of Sundanese people. The dance was created by Gugum Gumbira, based on traditional Sundanese Ketuk Tilu music and Pencak Silat movements.
If you take part in the IRO study program of Nusa Putra college, – as part of the Culture class – you are welcome to try all these dances at a local dance school taught by professionals.
(Photo was made at the dance school with the dance teachers and the interns of Nusa Putra)