Classical Javanese Dance

A Workshop in Appreciation

$19.00 per guest
Hosted by Vanny Houen


  • An informative and hands-on introduction to classical Javanese dance
  • Hosted by a professional dancer from the Sultan Palace's dance community
  • Transform into a classical Javanese dancer with a traditional outfit
  • Activity takes place at the host's cozy home-based dance studio
  • Opportunity to complete a short dance routine with the host

Inclusive of:

  • English speaking instructor
  • Traditional Javanese dance attire for males and females
  • Light refreshments

Not Inclusive of:

  • Meals
$US 19.00 per guest
2 hours
1 - 10 guest
Cancellation Policy: Moderate

Full refund available for cancellations made up to 24 hours prior to booking start time.

More About This Experience

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.

Additional Information:

  • Pick-up point: The exact pick-up location address will be sent to your email immediately after your booking.
  • Venue is located around 15 minutes drive from the city center - we recommend using a transport app (Gojek/Grab) as the cheapest and most reliable way to get there
  • Arrive at the venue 10 minutes before the activity start time
  • Note that the workshop is intended to bring visitors to a more in-depth appreciation of the art and not intended as a training workshop

Upcoming availability

Thursday, August 22
Friday, August 23
Saturday, August 24

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Vanny Houen

Vanny is a 21-year old painter fighting poverty to support his siblings to go to school and look after his mother. These weights on his shoulder give him no choice but to put as much as effort to get income as a pa...

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US$ 19.00 per guest