Bali without dance would be like basketball without trash talk; worthwhile, but undeniably less interesting.
If you're going to Bali, you must get out of your hotel and see a real dance performance. Hotel shows are a nice introduction, but not a substitute for the real thing.
Ideally, you will be lucky enough to find a temple ceremony that you can attend.
|Temple dance performances are sacred and will be performed with an energy
that tourist shows can't match. Also, many temple dances are not allowed to be performed
in 'non-sacred' situations.
Unfortunately, temple performances do not happen on a schedule.
They happen when the time is right.
So, the next best thing is to see a non-hotel
|At the tourist information center, you can ask for a schedule of
performances. There are dances every night at the Ubud Palace (Puri Saren Agung), in the
center of town.
I recommend these, highly.