There is another supporting character in this dance, a female dancer with the role name of Daw Moe. Daw Moe is supposed to be a middle-aged spinster who dresses herself up and acts like a young lady and dances flirtingly with U Shwe Yoe who does not like spinsters but who always runs after pretty young girls.


The U Shwe Yoe dance satirizes some Myanmar of the old upper class who become social misfits due to their idiosyncrasies and eccentricities. The dance aptly pokes fun at both the ageing male philanderer and fastidious spinster. It is a favorite dance not only in the countryside but also in urban.


Keeping the old arts alive, and helping to restore Mandalay as a city of artists and performers, Mintha Theatre and School for traditional dancing has been launched on 58th Street, between 29th and 30th Streets in Mandalay. For 4,000 MMK, patrons can buy their way into Mintha Theatre, which is opened every night. If you are in Mandalay, it's recommended to visit this theatre and enjoy the traditional Myanmar dance.






As Myanmar is an agricultural country, the cultural performance reflects the people's occupation and daily life style. Just as their folk music and songs present and describe their daily chores, their folk dances also mimic their production activities. Most or possibly all Myanmar folk dances are group dances performed on communal occasions. The following are some of most pervasive and popular dances.


1. Ou-zi Dance


Ou-zi dance is performed by the ou-zi drum players to the accompaniment of folk music and songs by a band of at least four instrumentalists namely; an ou-zi drum player, an oboe player, a cymbals player, and bamboo clapper player. The essential feature of ou-zi dance is the chanting of "Than-gyat" which is an antiphonal chant usually amusing or satirical sung to the accompaniment of ou-zi. The dance is performed on all happy and joyous occasions.


2. Dou-ba’ Dance


This folk dance is performed with the same band of musicians as in the ou-zi dance. The only difference between ou-zi and dou-ba’ dances is the type of drum played by the dancers. Dou-ba’ is a double face drum slung by means of a strap on the neck of the player. Ou-zi is an elongted one-faced drum with a long body and open-ended tail or leg. This dou-ba’ dance is a must when people gather to give community services such as digging water wells, building roads, repairing public and religious buildings.


3. U Shwe Yoe Dance


Some scholars opine that this folk dance appeared in the early days of British colonial rule. It is a comic dance performed by a male, U Shwe Yoe, who dresses like a typical old Myanmar gentleman with a long neatly trimmed moustache, a scarf around his neck, a spotted turban or headgear, a square patterned sarong around his waist, holding a lady’s open parasol in one hand, while the other hand is moving with dance gestures and he is making comic faces.