The popularity of Yogyakarta as the cultural soul of Java is known to all, however, it is not common knowledge that at the heart of Yogyakarta's cultural sphere lies the all important influence of the Kraton (Sultanate). From silver workshops in Kotagede to communities practicing the age old art of Jemparingan (Javanese archery) to the famous Pencak Silak (Javanese martial arts), the Kraton has a strong influence and vested interest in the preservation of all traditional forms of art. One such art form strongly supported by the Kraton is the classical Javanese dance. With a dedicated community of royal dancers, this is by far the most accessible art to visitors as royal dancers put on a show every Sunday between 11 am and 1 pm on the grounds of the Sultan's Palace which is open to the public.
Classical Javanese dance unlike the vigorous and expressive Balinese dance or the cheerful and sensual Sundanese dance is more controlled, deliberate and refined, giving it a elegant and graceful character. This follows from the ancient tradition of Javanese dance being closely associated with the courtly, refined and sophisticated culture of the kraton.
Backstreet Academy has gained exclusive access to this community where guests will be able to get an introductory appreciation workshop from a highly trained dancer from the Kraton, Mrs Sasta. In her 25 years as a professional dancer, Mrs Sasta has trained numerous dancers who practice with her before taking the stage at the Kraton. With years of experience under her belt, Mrs Sasta knowledge of the dance, her passion for its longevity and her warm Javanese hospitality harmoniously make up a one of a kind experience among Backstreet's activities in Yogyakarta.