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Margery H. Freeman
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Peliatan, Bali, Indonesia
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Balinese woman dances Bumble Bee dance in yellow, blue, and silver costume

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A young Balinese woman dances the “Bumble Bee” dance in a yellow, blue, and silver costume. Here she stands with her knees bent and moves her fingers and arms gracefully at shoulder height. She wears a golden crown and stares straight in front.

The Bumble Bee dance is a modern addition to the Balinese dance repertoire. It was created in 1952 by a choreographer called Mario, and became a favorite of tourist audiences. Now it is performed as a love duet with a male bee courting a female bee. As the name suggests, the movements and music are very fast-paced.