Traditional Malay Dance in Selangor (Central Region)

Our team has been assigned to do research on Malaysian Traditional Malay Dance. I have been tasked with finding information regarding traditional dance in the central region. I picked Selangor’s traditional dance, famously known as Tarian Piring or Tarian Kaca (wikipedia) as my subject matter..

The picture above shows some of the dancers dance were performed in conjunction with the plate held at a wedding recently Jelebu.

According to the Malay Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, Dance Platter or the Minangkabau ethnic language is called Dance Piriang is people’s art of dance that originated from the Minangkabau of West Sumatra.

It is an art of dance that is still practiced in Negeri Sembilan descent of Minangkabau. This dance have movement similar to the physical movement of farmers during the farming, harvesting, work, etc. This dance also symbolizes joy and gratitude to their crops.


This dance jig with a line of dancers holding plates in their hands, accompanied by a song that is played by musical instruments and saluang telempong. Sometimes the dish would be thrown into the air or slammed to the ground and trampled on by the dancers involved.

There are also claimed that, Dance Platter introduced from Rawa district, Sumatra. Some also say it comes from Solok, West Sumatra. This dance is normally performed in a wedding event, ceremony celebrating the chiefs, village gatherings or parties.

Dance also has a variety of fundamental movement which is also called shifting or swing. In addition, this action also stressed mimic dance face, other than a pair of rings have two functions both as a musical instrument in which they work by makes a sound when they are crashed together to Pring to the beat of drums.

Initially, this was done as a ritual dance of gratitude to the deity of the local community to have the abundant agricultural produce. Ritual done some pretty girl who brought food in the form of food placed on the plate. The beautiful ornamental coiffured girls brought food on the plate as he walked with dynamic movement.

After Islam came to Jakarta, the traditional dish dance will continue but there is no longer worshiped the god of nature. It only appears as an entertainment for the community for gatherings such as festivals enliven and wedding customs.

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