Bali’s Janger Dance

It is rather difficult to trace the origin of Janger dance. No place in Bali admits to having been responsible for the first Janger dance. The north Bali says it came from south, the south attributed to north. If Bali makes Lombok responsible, Lombok says it learnt from Bali. Some expert said that the janger is derived from Sanghyang dance. The female and male choirs were taken away from Sanghyang Dedari and formed new composition. Some said that janger originated from the song of girls, who picked coffee beans from the trees in North Bali. When they were sitting together during their break in the work, they began to sing together, joined by a few boys and it developed into Janger. Other said it was the Balinese answer for Sumatran Rampak Sembilan dance. The popularity of this art performance reached its peak in 1960s, when nearly every village and every…