|Cultural Zapin Johor performances by the Yayasan Warisan Johore at The 1st Asean Regulators/Senior Government Offcials Of Co-operatives' Meeting Putrajaya Malaysia|
The simple version of the Zapin is performed to the rhythm &1234 and the foot is extended out to the side on the last count. It can be done on the spot, traveling forwards and backwards or diagonally in the basic form.
The carriage of the dancers is quite erect and dignified.
The music for Zapin comes from an ensemble of traditional instruments which include the lute (gambus), gypsy-type bongos (marwas) and the violin.
There are no hard and fast rules as to the number of dancers that perform. However because of the very interactive nature of this dance, it is usually performed in pairs.
The dancers can then play with each other, teasing, challenging and enjoying each others company. It is most popular in Johor.
Another popular Zapin dance is the Zapin Pekajang.
|In this 2011 picture shown Sultan of Johor visits the 8th JB Zapin Festival|