Its probably no accident that my love for dance would immerse me with a family of dancers. So while I am still not doing much touristy stuff, I am getting a direct taste of Balinese family life, and much of this family’s life is about Balinese dancing. Cok Ratih has studied dance most of her life, following in her mother’s footsteps as an award-winning professional dancer, both even traveling throughout the U.S. with the same dance troupe; Ratih still actively dances professionally and teaches dance as well. Her daughter is now the third generation dancer, and I had the privilege of seeing her compete and win in dance this past Sunday. Balinese dancing is all about form and precision while telling different stories, it is amazing to watch time and again. The costuming and makeup alone is amazing. As you can see in one of the photos, they start out very young; the youngest competitor on Sunday was only 4 years old!! Most of the photos are of Cok Ratih and her daughter, with some of the other girls included as well (I can’t label the photos in this dar ipad app!).
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