The Myanmar dance moves from ancient times were known by carefully analyzing and rediscovering the murals on the temple ruins in Myanmar. This is especially true for Bagan Dances. For other dances, historic books and literature showed accounts, while our links to Ayuthdaya (Thai) and India suggested similarities in our dances. Of course, the inherited dance moves from generation to generation in dance troupes also taught us how the Myanmar dances were like in the days before British colonialism.
There are several basic dance moves and postures an aspiring dancer has to learn. Chin up, chest out, bottoms up, knees bend is a strict to rule to follow by. In addition, a smile has to be always on the face, unless otherwise required by the particular dance. Myanmar dance requires the movement of every body part that one has. From the eye to the chin, from the shoulders to the fingers, and from the waist to the feet. There can be lively music that requires much jumping, or there can be classical music that requires much grace. Indeed, although at a glance, the dance may look easy, learning it can prove to be hard.
Here are some more of the Myanmar Traditional Dances.
Dance of the Royal page (A Classical male Dance )
Classical Dance of the Royal Maids (Dance of the Drums )
Myanmar National Races Cultural Dance
Sweet Lighting Music Dance
Lively Shawl Dance
Traditional Lamp Dance
The Solo Dance
Dance of the Maidens
The Stage Male Dance A Village Policy
The Beauty & Grace of the Hands
The Myanmar Dance, a modern version
Dance of the Konbaung Era
Magnificent Pindaingsan Dance
A Song of the "Nat" Spirits
Dance of the Oil Lamps
Lively Dancer, Myanmar Mintha (Myanmar Prince)
Beginning of Summertime
Long Drum Fork Song and Dance
An Exulting Male Dance
The Female Look-alike Marionette Dance
Pakhanthar Myin Nyoshin
The " Htaung Yaung Nay " Classical Male Dance
U Shwe Yoe & Daw Moe
Dawei Water Fetching Dance
The Ozi (or) Kettledrum Dance Variety
Tu Hna Thwe (Romantic Duet)
The Horse Dance
Mid Summer Shower
Too Po..... Too Po (Thyingan Water Festival Dance)
Myanmar Marionette" The Orge Dance "
Myanmar Marionette" The Alchemist Dance "
Timing Bell and Clapper Dance
Bagan Duet Dance
Bagan Era Chorus Dance
Chorus Dance with Fan and Umbrella
The Ogre Dance (Rama Yana Play)
Zawgyi (or) Magician of the forest Marionette Dance
Anyeint Zat- Pwe Folk dances