Julianti Parani


Initially a social entertaining dance in various countries of Southeast Asia, joget known as a customary entertainment in the context of Nusantara as a region, has turned more traditional in contemporary times. However less then 50 years ago it was the most popular dance of entertaining halls in Indonesia, Singapore and Malay peninsular. Joget was the common way of social dancing, indigenous in an urban setting when Ball-room and Latin –American was yet not popular.

             Joget dance came in practice together with musical influence coming from Hispanic influence during 16th century, followed by other Europeans. In the urban mestizo settings of colonial living, the entertaining world became a mixture between West and East, European and Asian.

            While modern entertaining, which gradually spread and speed up after World War II, brought about vast development from the new media, it opened to globalization trends of new economics and politics in new liberated countries.

            With features encompassing the Malay world, joget adopts local values from the new emerging nations, dissolving away from entertainment to represent more traditional values of these nations moving towards the new millennium.

A historical shift in culture development that arose from a roaring intercultural environment, this dance becomes a cultural component of new nations as Singapore, Malaysia, also in certain region of Thailand, and in Indonesia significantly becoming transitional to modernity and transformational to traditional revival.   


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