What is traditional dance? Why do I have to know about it? I live in this modern era where internet and machine controlled everything. If I want to know about traditional dance, I can search it through the internet without having difficulties. That should be the first thought of many teenagers around the world including Malaysia when they were asked about traditional dance.
I think that we should know about our culture because having an identity make our life become meaningful. Most people will be clueless if they were asked about their root, their tradition and their culture. Holding our tradition such as traditional dance should be the responsibilities of all generations not only the older. Teenagers should try and learn from the old generation about their traditional dance. I have once tried the “zapin dance” which I found very hard to learn. This dance consists of several steps and routine that should be done in the performance. Both female and male have difference steps and routine and if both of it were combined together, the performance was lovely. For professional dancers, the learning process may take several days but for a beginner like me, it may take several weeks. It may become fun if we appreciate it as part of ourselves but it may look dull and bored for a modern person like me.
Even though it does not suit my lifestyle, I still think that youngsters should know a bit about the traditional dance. If we do not uphold our culture, who else will do so?