THE LEGONG KRATON
The legong Dance proper is the epitome of classical female Balinese dancing. A court dance, it was created in the 18th century in the circles of the principality of Sukawati. Any good dancer of the legong will be able to pick up without difficulty all the modern free creation (tari lepas). The legong is usually the first dance thought to beginners. Month of training is needed to master the perfect mix of posture (tangkep), movements (agem with dancing hands), and mimicry. Highly dynamic, the legong dance is usually performed by three dancers in glittering costumes, one condong, lady-in-waiting, and two princess whose role may change according to the narrative. A storyteller accompanied ancient legong, but now it has become a dance-only performance.