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Jaipongan is an excellent example of the virility of the Indonesian people and their culture and the way in which cultural change takes place with a natural momentum.
Jaipongan is a social dance for young people. It differs from other dances of this type in that it demands certain standards from the dancers, in fact, the following of the basic choreography is very important. First and foremost it is a performance which has its own choreography, musical accompaniment and a style which not all performers will be a able to achieve. It requires the skill gained from courses in dancing this particular dance and therefore demands a higher level of interest than normal.
While it may be easy to criticize Jaipongan for being "commercial" its success boils down to popular taste. An interesting aspect of its acceptance in the West Java area was a distinct decrease in cultural influences from outside Indonesia.
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