Members of the audience participated in a question-and-answer segment during the one-hour show, learning interesting
facts about Bali and its people.  "In the culture, white masks stand for purity and nobility; so, for instance, a king's mask
would be white. Red masks represent coarseness," Surapsari said. "And in general, Balinese love the color gold, which is
seen as sacred."

The family intends to make the Venice Public Library an annual stop.  "It's so nifty to have them here for the cultural
experience," Lize said. "We hope to have them back next year."


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Dancers from Bali share their culture

                                  Published: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 1:00 a.m.
                                  Last Modified: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 3:16 p.m.
Topeng dances.  "In Balinese culture, dances were created as an offering
to the gods and goddesses,"Surapsari said. "All dances are considered
sacred and it is a major tourist attraction."

Dozens of patrons turned out to view the exotic dances and get a crash
Dozens of patrons turned out to view the exotic dances and get a crash
made a special stop in Venice as a thank you to the town where they lived
course in Balinese culture.  The family of three, who currently live in Bali,
fortunate to have them here," said Youth Department Supervisor Jo Lize,
who has become close to the family over the past few years.

All dances were crowd-pleasers, including Topeng Tua, a dance dedicated
to older people.  "I have seen dances from all over the world, but I've never
seen a dance particularly dedicated to senior citizens," Surapsari said. "In
the Balinese society, older people are very respected and play a very active
part in the villages. They are treasured, so it's fitting we have a dance just
for them."