Polopalo Dance, A Gorontalo’s Folk Dance


Polopalo Dance

Polopalo is a traditional dance from Gorontalo, that becomes a folk dance among the teenagers.
There are two types of Polapalo dance; the first one was the oldest one and the modern one. The old Polapalo was played by single dancer or solo, while Polopalo today is played in groups and using new compose and arrangement.

The old Polopalo was played by hitting the instrument to the tools and to the knee regularly, while today’s Polopalo is played by hitting the instrument the tools only. Nevertheless, the technique of playing today’s polopalo is way to sophisticated and it needs well rhyme and good music to adjust the composition and arrangement from its instrument.


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