The blog Esarn Food has a post headed Thai Dance and Drama that briefly describes four styles of Thai dance: Khon; Lakhon; Nang and Hun; and Ram Muay. However, I would not claim that these are uniquely Isaan. And neither does the blog author.
Anyone interested in learning a few moves can evidently attend Thai Dance Class at the Spa Thai Massage School in Chiang Mai. “Students” can choose instruction in dance from several different areas of Thailand, but the Northeastern (Esarn) Thai Dance category includes Serng Kratip Khoa, Serng Tung Wai, and Serng Thaep Lan.
One could always watch some Isaan dance on VCDs — the Concert Morlum Sing series. Below is an example of Concert Morlum Sing : Din…Dance…Esarn – Vol.6 as offered by eThaiCD.com. Click on the image to go to the website. At $7.5 U.S. as of the date of this post, and with free Worldwide shipping, these things seem a pretty decent deal.
Search out the others with this search box:
I also noticed a VCD titled Pamela Bowden : E-nang Dance, but apart from the terse description “Lookthung Esarn remixed. (11 tracks),” it’s difficult to know what to expect. It’s $5.50 U.S.
It certainly can’t be relying too heavily on visuals, however, for it also comes as a CD.
I’ve also found a VCD called Pimpa Pornsiri : Esarn dance – Aerobic 2 leela ($7.50 U.S.):
And still another VCD called Sexy Star – Esarn Dance ($6.00 U.S.):
My suspicion is that no one should expect anything strictly traditional, but I have not seen anything of what is on the VCDs.
Based in London, England, there is a Thai Dance Academy that offers performances and training in dances from all regions of Thailand, including the Esarn Region:
- Bung Fai – Where the people of Thailand celebrate with fireworks
- Yua Kane – The Kane is a Thai instrument, this dance involves dancing as well as playing the instrument.
- Serng Phoo Tai
- Serng Tai Phoo Kao
- Serng Kala – Coconut Dance
- Lao Kratop Mai – Bamboo Dance
You are surely aware that YouTube has a host of videos displaying various dance styles, including those of Isaan. They are easily enough searched for.
I shall close this post with the following Isaan dance mentions from around the Web:
Another Thai dance! Good team work girls! … Video, Thai E-Sarn Dance, Nov 2, ’07 7:43 AM for everyone. Another Thai dance! Good team work girls! Download this and other original video files with Multiply Premium. Prev: Thai dancer and a …
Publish Date: 11/02/2007 4:43
Blog Entry, E-Nang Dance 1 – Sao-E-sarn-raw-ruk, Jul 6, ’10 6:55 AM by phinh for everyone. Tags: 寮歌曲… Prev: 相见不如怀念. Next: อีสานบ้านของเฮา – อังคนางค์ คุณไชย · reply. 1 Comment. Chronological, Reverse, Threaded …
Publish Date: 07/06/2010 3:55
The Esarn wedding ceremony is a unique one and involves lots of dancing, a procession through the fields and the groom buying the bride with gold and cattle. Quite a sight. dancing at the Groom’s house. procession of …
Publish Date: 02/24/2011 20:53
Coyote dancer from germaney dance in Heineken Beer Garden Pattaya 2nd Road near sabaidee hard full body massage dancer with esarn lady. … Coyote Esarn lady “Pattaya Thailand” Heineken beer garden “beautiful …
Publish Date: 10/02/2009 9:20
Everything In Thailand “Esarn Food”. บล็อคนี้เกี่ยวกับเรื่องทั่วๆไปเกี่ยวกับอาหารไทย และสาระน่ารู้เกี่ยวกับเมืองไทย. Saturday, January 22, 2011. Thai Class Dance. post by. A raawy / Date : 7:59 AM · Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to …
Publish Date: 01/21/2011 16:59
The band on the stage were very good and sang well known Esarn songs many of which got the mostly male audience up on their feet dancing like crazy. Later in the evening the band were joined by two female singers in very shorts skirts …
Publish Date: 01/12/2010 20:55
Amongst the items on show and available for purchase will be hand-woven silk products, weaving demonstrations, hand-made jewellery, fresh farm produce, traditional dancing and musical performances and loads of Isaan (Esarn) traditional …
Publish Date: 12/14/2009 0:00
The groom hired a Mor Lum group, perfect with huge (very loud) speakers, a 2-tier stage, 7 beautiful dancing girls who donned a series of scanty costumes throughout the night, and a band for the princely sum of just 27000 baht (about …
Publish Date: 07/10/2006 19:48
Thai story by Vermyn Carrion: The Printer and the Go-Go Dancer. … But how was he to know that the printer harbored deep within its chips and circuits an unnatural lust for soft Esarn flesh? Fardley had put off buying a printer as long as he …
Publish Date: 11/27/2006 1:57
Everything In Thailand “Esarn Food” … Since its debut as a tourist attraction, fascinating Thai Culture and traditional dances are presented daily in the theater within the garden compound. Along with the traditional shows, …
Publish Date: 01/26/2011 15:58
Everything In Thailand “Esarn Food”. บล็อคนี้เกี่ยวกับเรื่องทั่วๆไปเกี่ยวกับอาหารไทย และสาระน่ารู้เกี่ยวกับเมืองไทย … Bars used to have a lot of naked dancing. One of the attractions of Nana Plaza was that many bars had shows on …
Publish Date: 01/12/2011 10:46
Everything In Thailand “Esarn Food” … The full version of the procession is on the second day which the residents sing and dance throughout the village. The last day is Buddhist ceremony in the temple. :: Siam Tulip Festival …
Publish Date: 01/29/2011 18:35
Everything In Thailand “Esarn Food” … This rhythmic music accompanies the Ram Muay ritual dance that precedes every Muay Thai fight, as well as the contest itself. The music is performed by four musicians each playing …
Publish Date: 01/22/2011 18:47
Usually stretching over two or three days these festivals are replete with music, dance, parades with floats and of course the firing of home made rockets. Harking back to its fertility rite origins the festival parade ornaments and …
Publish Date: 02/25/2011 1:36
Esarn dance “Lam Esarn”
Uploaded by ThaiLao555 on Jul 18, 2008
This is not Thai tradditional dance. It’s call Lam Esarn. Shooted at Ciangmai night bazaar.
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