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A modern creation, the Tarian Royong is adapted from the traditional and ever popular dance of the Malay community, the joget. It depicts the vigour, the playfulness, and the joy of being young, an image which is strengthened by the boldness and vibrant colours of the dance costumes. Reflecting the influence of change in the community, the dance conveys the message of a growing trend away from the traditional kampung (village) norms, as the young men and women are brought out of their aloofness and shyness allowing them to relate and mix freely with one another.


(Source: Tourism Division, Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Sarawak)