Enjoy watching & learning a beautiful tradition…
The Island of the Gods is most definitely a magical place. But with the influx of first world shopping, eating and resort style holidaying, it can be easy to forget that there is a gorgeous cultural hotpot hidden in the rice fields.
Just out of Seminyak, on the way to Canggu lies Desa Seni – a small resort with relaxation in mind. Yoga features highly on the daily menu along with clean, healthy eats in the café. Each Sunday, they open their doors and you can watch local Balinese children practice their traditional dance.
Desa Seni is a gorgeous place with beautiful manicured gardens and cute stepping stones that little feet love to hop between. Through the way is a vegetable garden with a wonderful array of fresh produce growing in neat plots. And in the centre is a raised traditional structure of wood and coloured bunting. It is here on this modest stage that the dancing takes place.
My three girls plus a nephew took a seat on the steps and watched with intrigue. The music is captivating and Balinese dancing is definitely a unique style with intricate hand movements and facial expressions. The kids giggled as they watched the Balinese girls express themselves and the Balinese girls giggled in return.
All in all, the children’s dancing class at Desa Seni is a simple and sweet Balinese cultural experience that isn’t too taxing on the kids or mumma. There are no real rules, or temples, to deal with in that hot sun. For a change from the pool or shopping, a trip to Desa Seni makes for a lovely afternoon.
Classes are held each Sunday at 2pm and are free of charge.
Also keep an eye out for kids yoga classes that are occasionally held on weekends. Ommmm…
Review written by Anna, Baker’s wife, Mamma to 4, writer and creator of Colour Me Anna. Based in Australia, but regularly makes the pilgrimage with her little tribe over to the Island of the Gods for some sunshine, coconuts and cocktails.