Category:Ronggeng

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Ronggeng is a type of Javanese dance in which couples exchange poetic verses as they dance to the music of a rebab or violin and a gong. Ronggeng might be originated from Java, but also can be found in Sumatra and the Malay peninsula.

In Java, a traditional ronggeng performance features a traveling dance troupe. The troop consists of one or more professional female dancers, accompanied by musicians playing rebab and gong. The term "ronggeng" also refers to the dancers. During a ronggeng performance, the dancers are expected to invite men from the audiences to dance with them as a couple with the exchange of some money for the dancer. The couple dances intimately and the female dancer might perform movements that may be considered too erotic by standard of modesty in Javanese court etiquette. In the past, the erotic and sexual nuance of the dance gave ronggeng a shady reputation as prostitution disguised in the art of dance.