Indonesian Dance
by Michael Ogi

Learn some of the basic movements of Sundanese dance from West Java, Indonesia. Classes are fun, challenging, and a great way to develop coordination while learning a beautiful and fascinating dance form with a rich cultural history.

From classical masked dances and dramas that enact the great Hindu epics the Mahabharata and the Ramayana to the folk dance forms that incorporate martial arts movements, Sundanese dance is rich and complex. It shows the influence of the many groups that have traded and settled in the area over the centuries, and is characterized by dynamic syncopated rhythms, quick wrist flicks, sensual hip movements, and fast shoulder and torso isolations.

In this class, you will learn some of the basic male and female folk dance movements, and incorporate them into a simple dance.

Michael Ogi is the director of Harsanari, a San Francisco-based Indonesian dance company formed in 1997. He has performed with Harsanari at numerous Bay Area venues, including the San Francisco Asian Art Museum, Indonesian Day festivals, and the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. For more information on Harsanari, or classes, visit or send an e-mail to Michael at


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