Cryptic Dance Forms

Last week, we visited some of the weirdest customs followed by cultures spread across the globe, ranging from throwing babies to being clad in bullet-ants. This week, let us all dive deep into some unknown dance forms.

The Yoruba:

This dance form has originated in Nigeria and the Yoruba community of the Niger-Congo ethnic group of southwestern and north-central Nigeria demonstrate this dance form after being clad in colourful costumes and swaying their body to the beats of the rhythm of drum-beats. It showcases the sensibilities of Nigerians and is an important part of their culture and traditions.

Tinikling Dance:

This dance form has originated from the Philippines and is demonstrated to showcase and imitate the movements of the local bird Tikling. It involves two people tapping and moving bamboos over which the dancers jump. It is considered a national dance in the Philippines and almost every Filipino knows how to do it. The dance is known to represent two of the main characteristics of every Filipino: Resilience and their love for fun!


Kabuki is a dance form that is practised in Japan and is known for the stylization and elaborate make-up worn by performers. It roughly translates to “the art of singing and dancing” to reflect upon the play-like narrative of the dance form. It can be interpreted as “avant-garde” or “bizarre” theatre. The Kabuki theatre was proclaimed by the UNSECO as a heritage possessing an immense history and a tradition to be preserved.

Huli Vesha:

Huli Vesha is a folk dance of the Tulu region in Karnataka and is performed during Navratri as a prayer to the goddess Durga. Durga is known to have a pet tiger in the Hindu mythology, hence, this art form is dedicated to her. Various troops comprising of young men with painted faces perform this dance till the very last day of Navratri and then they participate in processions organised by various Temples such as Mangaladevi, Gokarnanatheshwara and Venkatramana temple

Kecak Trance Dance:

Kecak Trance Dance is an Indonesian dance form and incorporates music with dance. It has usually been performed by men but with changing times many women have also started participating. It is a reenactment of Ramayana and is traditionally performed in the temples in Bali. It comprises of around 50-100 men wearing loin clothes that participate in this dance.

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