Agung Istri Wirati
Balinese Dance Class: Culture in Movement With Agung Istri Wirati
Dance is an integral part of Balinese cultural life. Not only is it artistic but also performed in honour of the Gods.
In this 90-minute class, we will learn basic steps, hand gestures, and delicate eye movements, then gradually move on to practice a classical dance sequence.
For our guests who have taken these dance sessions, it becomes a delight to travel around Bali and observe the charming dancers rehearsing for performances in the community pavilion. Some of us might even join in!
The Teacher: Ibu Agung Istri Wirati
Born and raised in Peliatan Ubud, our teacher Ibu Agung Istri Wirati followed in her mother’s footsteps -the legendary dancer Ni Gusti Ayu Raka Rasmi, star of the Bali Dancers troupe that had introduced Balinese dance to the world stages of United States and Europe back in 1952- Ibu Agung has been performing Balinese dance since she was a child. She grew up dancing under the tutelage of her mother, who was, as mentioned above, considered one of, if not the, greatest teachers and performers of her generation.
Much like Ibu Raka, after a long illustrious career of performing in many acclaimed venues within the country and abroad, Ibu Agung Istri Wirati chose to channel her passion in sharing the Balinese culture of movement through teaching Balinese dance.