Janger dance is one of the Balinese social dances that is usually performed by 10-16 young dancers.
The Janger dance is classified as a dance of reel so it is more functioned to entertain. Pulled by a number of female dancers (Janger) and male dancers (Kecak) in a simple, cheerful and full of enthusiasm.
Janger presents classical Balinese dance moves which tend to be a transfer from the Arja, Mask, Baris or Jauk dance movements. Marketers usually use the Arja and Mask dance movements, the Minister also uses the Arja dance movements. As a differentiator from Pejanggeran is the dance movement of the Kecak dancers and the Janger.
When dancing this dance, the dancers sing Janger’s song in a friendly manner and are accompanied by Gamelan Batel (Tetamburan) and Gender Wayang. Janger Dance is classified into a new type of Balinese dance creation adapted from the routine of Balinese farmers as entertainment when tired from work.
Janger dance is one of the most popular arts on the island of Bali which is estimated to be born in the 1920s in North Bali. One of the history version said. It was starting from the singing of coffee farmers who shouted, they entertained themselves to get rid of fatigue by singing, especially in women’s groups.
As a folk dance, the development of the Janger Dance is so rapid and spread almost all over Bali. Interestingly, this dance in each region in Bali has its own variations that are tailored to the supporting community.