The art of dancing has always been ingrained in Balinese culture, with traditional Balinese dance harking back many centuries. The ancient dance tradition is part of the religious and artistic expression among the Balinese people, where the dance is an accompaniment to the perpetual dissolving and reforming of the world.
Bali dancers learn the craft as children and are taught to dance with their hands before they can walk. Official training as a Bali dancer starts as young as 7. In Balinese dance, the movement is closely associated with the rhythms produced by the Gamelan, a musical ensemble specific to Java and Bali. Multiple levels of articulations in the face, eyes, hands, arms, hips, and feet are coordinated to reflect layers of percussive sounds.