Melinting Dance is one of the traditional dances in Lampung. It is a heritage classic dance of Melinting Kingdom in East Lampung.
Melinting Dance is classified as one of oldest dancer that ever in Lampung. This dance is estimated to have existed since the arrival of Islam in Indonesia, especially in Lampung.
Acording to history, Melinting Dance is one of the classical dance relics of the Melinting Kingdom in Labuhan Meringgai, East Lampung. The dance was first coined in the 16th century by Melinting Queen II, who named Prince Panembahan Mas.
Originally, this dance is only known in the royal court, and only shown at gawi adat in Melinting Kingdom. At the time. this dance can be performed by the sons and daughters of the Melinting Queen only.
In 1958, this dance began experiencing growth and improvement. Dance that was originally only displayed within this kingdom, later developed into a folk dance.
Melinting Dance was originally used as a dance that is sacred and only displayed at the royal custom gawi only. But along with its development, this dance then functioned as dance performances often featured in various events such as reception, cultural events, and other large events. The dance was interpreted as an expression of gratitude and happiness of the people for what they get.
Melinting Dance usually performed by four male dancers and four female dancers. The dancers danced by using custom clothings and fans, as well as sound accompaniment of a musical instrument called Talok Balak. Melinting Dance performances are usually divided into several rounds, including the opening part, kugawo ratu part, knui melayang part, and the concluding part.
In the opening part, the dancers give tribute to the guests. Then on the kugawo ratu part, describe the softness and agility of female dancers, and also the courage of male dancers. While on knui melayang part describe the grandeur and elegance of the dancers. Then in the concluding part, Melinting Dance ends with greetings and respect of the dancers.
The movements of the male and female dancers in this Melinting Dance are different. The movements of male dancers are dominated by agile and dinamic movements. The movement includes babar kipas, jong sumbah, sukhung, sekapan balik palau, kenui melayang nyiduk, salaman, suali, niti batang, luncat kijang, and lapah ayun.