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Bonnie Simoa, lead dance faculty instructor, releases one of the scarves on her dress in a flamboyant gesture as she dances — the Legong Kutir — on the second floor of the Center Building on Wednesday, April 6. Simoa, when asked what move was the most challenging, stated “The hardest part for me was the character. Getting the character [...] [is] very complicated.”
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Bonnie Simoa, lead dance faculty instructor, performs a traditional Balinese dance — the Legong Kutir — in front of Lane Child Care children and onlookers on the second floor of the Center Building on Wednesday, April 6.

“They caught wind that I was going to do it,” Simoa said. “So they wanted to come and I know children love it because it’s like I become a superhero […] It’s the same way in Bali too. The children love to see the dances.”

Simoa, who has been studying Balinese dance since 1996, responded quite positively to the child audience.

“How the weight is carried is quite complicated. There are these beautiful serpentine lines that run through the body in relation to gravity and it’s not logical where the weight is in those beautiful shapes,” Simoa said. “So it wasn’t until [six] years ago that I felt like I could do it well enough to be able to wear the costume while I was doing it.”

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