Traditional Malay Dance for Adults

Kamelia Co. Ltd.

Traditional Malay Dance for Adults

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Ready to explore something new in 2024?

This dance and movement class introduces traditional Malay dance from the Nusantara that has been adapted and popularised in this region. Whether you are picking up a new hobby or trying to reconnect with traditional genres like Inang and Zapin, this class is for you!

No prior dance training required.

Happening every Wednesday evening from 31 Jan 2024 till 21 Feb 2024:

  • Inang Class (6.30pm – 7.30pm)
  • Zapin Class (7.30pm – 8.30pm)

$35 per participant, max 16 participants per session.
Venue: 42 Waterloo Street Rehearsal Studio
(Masjid Bencoolen is a short 5-min walk away for Maghrib prayers)

Pay $30 only if you sign up before 17 Jan 2024 (Promo Code: EarlyBird)!

*For group purchases, please contact us at [email protected].

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About the Dances

Malay social dance could be grouped into two different categories differentiated by the accompanying musical styles, dance structures, and performance elements: 1) Zapin, a derivative of the Arab social dance zaffin; and 2) Ronggeng, comprising of three dance genres – the asliinang, and joget.

Tari Inang
Etymologically, the word Inang, which literally means wet nurse, appears as tarian mak inang, or ‘the dance of mother wet nurse’ in the collective ronggeng repertoires. The dance consists of walking motions either in relatively slow or fast tempo with the arms swaying and the hands folding in and out, gesturing with stylised movements. Suitable for absolute beginners to Malay dance (and any type of dance!).

Tari Zapin
Zapin has become a highly respected dance and music tradition among the Malays, who consider it Arab derived and Islamic yet upholding Malay decency, propriety, ownership, and the performative hegemony of the Malay world. Accompanied by Zapin music, the dance is relatively more upbeat than the Inang dance, with repeating dance motifs interrupted with a series of skips and squatting positions. Perfect for those looking to challenge themselves with a slightly more active dance experience!

Mohd Anis Md Nor and Burridge, Stephanie (ed.) (2011) Sharing Identities: Celebrating Dance in Malaysia, Routledge, India

About the Instructor

Dinie Dasuki Osman is a dance artist, choreographer and instructor who is rooted in traditional dance and explores its contemporaries; intrigued by the moving body and the synergy between mind and body. Driven by tradition and the traditional form, he is curious about how movement relates to the state of mind. Dinie has been under the tutelage of artistic director and choreographer Osman Abdul Hamid since early 2000s and has trained with regional experts like Tom Ibnur, Ery Mefri and Peter Selayan from Indonesia. As a leading member of Era Dance Theatre, Dinie takes on multiple roles including training, choreography, and conceptualisation.

Dinie is also an arts educator and teaches various programmes including CCAs in schools. He holds a Specialist Diploma in Arts Education by National Institute of Education (NIE) International.


Please note the below terms and conditions regarding all purchases of class tickets:

1. Liability Waiver

By purchasing this ticket, the purchaser realises that participation in the Adult Malay Dance Classes by Kamelia Co. Ltd. could involve some possible personal injury. Despite precautions, accidents and injuries may occur. By purchasing this ticket, the purchaser assumes all risks related to the use of any and all spaces used by Kamelia Co. Ltd.. The purchaser agrees to release and hold harmless Kamelia Co. Ltd. including its teachers, staff members, and facilities used by both entities from any cause of action, claims, or demands now and in the future. The purchaser will not hold Kamelia Co. Ltd. liable for any personal injury or any personal property damage, which may occur on the premises before, during or after the activities. Furthermore, the purchaser agrees to obey the class and facility rules and take full responsibility for my behaviour in addition to any damage the purchaser may cause to the facilities utilised by Kamelia Co. Ltd.. In the event that the purchaser should observe any unsafe conduct or conditions before, during or after my activities, the purchaser agrees to report the unsafe conduct or conditions to an instructor or staff member as soon as possible.

2. Photographic Release
By purchasing this ticket, the purchaser understands that Kamelia Co. Ltd. may take photo and video recordings of the purchaser during his/her participation in Kamelia Co. Ltd.’s classes and activities. The purchaser conveys to Kamelia Co. Ltd. full rights and interest in these recordings. The purchaser understands such recordings may be used in advertising or other published materials, physical or virtual.

If the purchaser does NOT consent to being photographed or video-recorded, the purchaser will make sure Kamelia Co. Ltd. is aware of his/her concerns and the reasons for them, the purchaser will be proactive about avoiding being photographed or recorded, and the purchaser will hold Kamelia Co. Ltd. harmless if a photo or video recording of him/her is released despite all precautions. The purchaser understands that this choice may limit his/her participation in classes and activities that are routinely photographed and/or videotaped.

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January 31, 2024 @ 18:30 to
February 21, 2024 @ 20:30

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