Balinese dance is beautiful and unique, and is closely connected to religious rituals.

Dances are often performed at ceremonies, typically as part of dramas, and most involve the Balinese version of the Hindu Ramayana epic. Traditional Balinese dance forms are passed on to girls and boys at a very young age, and training is often rigorous and disciplined. Travelers are likely to have the chance to see dances if they attend ceremonies, but can also take advantage of the many performances put on for audiences across Bali.

Some dancers can even be hired to come to your hotel or villa and put on a show, perhaps backed by a gamelan orchestra. Dancers use all parts of the body, including their faces and eyes, and hand gestures are very important.