Baskalan dance is one
of.Malang special dances used to open a ceremony or to welcome
the prominent guests. The ' Beskalan" (according to the
Javanese Geneology) is derived from the word Bakalan" meaning
the basis of all forms that can appear in the physical
or metaphysical things. Because of it, Beskalan dance is always
performed in the first rotation of a ceremony. In this case.
the word "Beskalan" coming from the word "Bakalan"
can be interpreted as 'first".
The other dance, besides Beskalan dance. is a special Mask Dance,
Malangan Mask Dance. This dance usually tells about "Panji"
story (Javanese nobleman story). In Malang Regency, there are
two "Padepokan Seni" or art studios that keep Malangan
Mask Dance surviving. They are Asmorobangun Art Studio at Kedungmonggo,
belonging to Karangpandan village, Pakisaji Sub District and
Mangundharmo Art Studio at Glagahdowo village, belonging to Tumpang
- Asmorobangun Art Studio about + 12 kms away to the south of
- Mangundharmo Art Studio about 20 kms away to the east of Malang