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The dances of the peoples of Indonesia, including elaborate dance dramas as well as dances intended solely to display grace of movement. In general, Indonesia dance is slow in tempo, with controlled, reserved motions. The dancers stay close to the ground (in contrast to the high leaps of western ballet), and arm important Sundanese dance tends to be more sensuous and expansive than Javanese and Balinese dance. The dance of Indonesia was strongly influenced by diffusion of Indian culture in the first millennium AD.

The country’s dance dramas often portray episodes from Hindu epics, and some Indian influence can be observed in the use of the legs, neck and head and in remnants of the mudras (codified hand gestures of Indian dance).