Type of Dances

1 Malaysia Dance

The Malaysian Signature

With the concept of ” Satu Malaysia! ” This fusion of various dances from the Malay, Chinese, Indian & Borneo unearths a symphony that is both unique and harmonious, and conveys a sense of beauty, integration and understanding amongst the races, all done in the manner of dances. Highly suitable for national festivities, corporate dinners, national promotional events and many more.


Arabian Dance

The Traditional Arabic Dance

The term “Arabic dance” is often associated with the style of belly dance. However, there are many styles of traditional Arabic dance. Stretching across North Africa and the Middle East, the Arabic world is a large and diverse region. As with the varieties in cuisine, dress, dialect and landscape present all across the Arab world, the dance traditions are rich and varied as well.


Sabah & Sarawak Ethnic Dance

Sabah & Sarawak Ngajat

  • The Warrior Dance is a traditional dance of Sarawak’s Iban people. This dance is usually performed during Gawai Kenyalang or ‘Hornbill Festival’. Reputedly the most fearsome of Sarawak’s headhunters, the tribe’s victorious warriors were traditionally celebrated in this elaborate festival. Wearing an elaborate headdress and holding an ornate long shield, the male warrior dancer performs dramatic jumps throughout this spellbinding dance.


Datun Julud

  • The Hornbill Dance is a traditional dance of Sarawak’s Kenyah women. Created by a Kenyah prince called Nyik Selong to symbolise happiness and gratitude, it was once performed during communal celebrations that greeted warriors returning from headhunting raids or during the annual celebrations that marked the end of each rice harvest season. Performed by a solo woman dancer to the sounds of the sape, beautiful fans made out of hornbill feathers are used to represent the wings of the sacred bird.



  • Sumazau is a traditional dance of Sabah’s Kadazan people. Usually performed at religious ceremonies and social events, it is traditionally used to honour spirits for bountiful paddy harvests, ward off evil spirits and cure illnesses. Male and female dancers perform this steady hypnotic dance with soft and slow movements imitating birds in flight.


Bamboo Dance

  • Another highly popular and entertaining traditional dance is Bamboo Dance. Two long bamboo poles are held horizontally above the ground at ankle-height. They are clapped together to a high-tempo drumbeat. Requiring great agility, dancers are required to jump over or between the poles without getting their feet caught.



Indian Dance

Numerous Indian Classical Dance

  • This classical Indian dance is poetry in motion. Based on ancient Indian epics, this highly intense and dramatic dance form uses over 100 dance steps and gestures. As mastery requires many years of practice, some children begin learning the dance form at the age of five.



  • Bollywood dance is a difficult topic to discuss because it is hard to pin down.  Its exact definition, geographical distribution, and stylistic characteristics are amorphous.  However in spite of all of this, it is surprisingly recognisable.



Chinese Dance

Fan Dance

  • The traditional Chinese fan dance has been a part of China’s heritage for over two thousand years. Considered to be an ancient form of folk dance, the fan dance serves various purposes and is highly regarded by the Chinese.The Chinese fan dance plays a few different roles in China. First, it is used to help pass down stories and traditions of Chinese culture. Both tourists and younger Chinese generations learn classic tales and lore of China’s past through the fan dance. This is why you can often see fan dancers at festivals, theater performances, and other exhibition-style events where the performers are able to promote their rich roots in history.


Chinese Folk Dance

  • Chinese folk dances reach back into ancient times, rooted strongly in China’s culture and history. From festival celebrations to ritualistic and religious ceremonies, the Chinese have cultivated a folk dance for many different times in life. A good number of these survive today, and are still being performed in China and around the world.



Malay Dance

Malay Mak Yong

  • Originating from Patani in Southern Thailand, Mak Yong was conceived to entertain female royalty, queens and princesses, when their men were away at war. Combining romantic drama, dance and operatic singing, tales of the golden age of the Malay kingdoms are dramatised in enchanting performances.


Kuda Kepang

  • Kuda Kepang is a traditional dance brought to the state of Johor by Javanese immigrants. Dramatising the tales of victorious Islamic holy wars, dancers sit astride mock horses moving to the hypnotic beats of a percussion ensemble usually consisting of drums, gongs and angklungs.



  • Islamic influence on Malaysian traditional dance is perhaps most evident in Zapin, a popular dance in the state of Johor. Introduced by Muslim missionaries from the Middle East, the original dance was performed to Islamic devotional chanting to spread knowledge about the history of the Islamic civilisation.



  • Malaysia’s most popular traditional dance, is a lively dance with an upbeat tempo. Performed by couples who combine fast, graceful movements with playful humour, the Joget has its origins in Portuguese folk dance, which was introduced to Melaka during the era of the spice trade.


Tarian Lilin

  • Also known as Candle Dance, it is performed by women who do a delicate dance while balancing candles in small dishes.



  • One of the oldest Malay traditions and a deadly martial art, Silat is also a danceable art form. With its flowery body movements, a Silat performance is spellbinding and intriguing.