Soya Dance

soya.jpgAt the same event, two semi-traditional dances were also performed.
This one is based on the sultanate’s traditional Soya dance, always performed by young men.
Here it was however performed by a group of “semi-professional” dancers, who practice weekly and often represent Ternate. The dance was somewhat altered, but the costumes are typically Ternatese – compare them with the Sultan’s court dancers above.

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