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Active ImageWhen Tanah Lot Kites Festival 2007 performed last year exact on September 28 till 30, 2007, at Opening Ceremony there are art performance that is Joged Bumbung Dance. The art performance perform when sunset dinner time. Maybe most people does not know what is Joged Bumbung Dance. Bali has many traditional dances and one of the most fun is the joged bumbung dance. Joged Bumbung dance can find in some place in Bali such as Tabanan regency, Gianyar regency, Karangasem regency, and Klungkung regency. This dance usually danced by some young girl usually until five. Tourists will often see and participate in a joged bumbung dance. The joged bumbung is a flirtation dance and a solo female dancer will select men from the audience with a tap on the shoulder with her fan. Back in 1937 during Miguel Covarrubias's time in Bali, before the onrush of mass tourism, the joged bumbung was popular. Joged Bumbung usually accompanied with balinese gamelan called bumbung. Balinese gamelan is an ensemble of instruments indigenous to the island of Bali in Indonesia ("gamelan" means "orchestra").



Bumbung is comprised of bamboo resonators lying horizontally and tied to bamboo frames. These resonators are struck with special mallets made of bamboo and tire rubber. This balinese music usually used for accompany joged bumbung dance. This balinese music usually brought by some people which joined into sekaa or group according to each village and each group of joged bumbung dance. Each group of bumbung usually amounting among 18 until 27 people including the joged bumbung dancer.

A very popular dance that seems related to the legong is the joged, performed by a girl in a variation of the legong costume and in the traditional legong steps. The dance is considered erotic by the Balinese because the girl entices the men from the audience by 'making eyes' at them during the course of the dance. The man invited must dance with her in postures that represent a love game of approach and refusal (ngibing), in which the man tries to come near enough to the girl's face to catch her perfume and feel the warmth of her skin, the Balinese form of a kiss. As the audience becomes worked up, other men 'cut in' and dance with her.

The joged could easily be a modernized, decadent version of the ancient mating dance still to be found in some village in Bali, stronghold of native tradition. There, once a year, a dance called abuang is performed in which the unmarried girls of the village appear dressed in their best, wearing gold flower head-dresses and meet bachelor boys who posture with the girl of their preference in a short dance in which the gestures make one think of a chaste and restrained joged.