Pakarena dance is a traditional dance from South Sulawesi who was accompanied by two (2) drum heads (Gandrang) and a pair of flute instruments such devices (puik-puik). In addition to dance Pakarena that had been played by the maestro Daeng Pakarena Maccoppong Rannu (late) in Gowa district, there are also other types of dance Pakarena derived from the Islands District Selayar "Pakarena Gantarang". Referred to as Pakarena Gantarang because this dance comes from a village which is the center of the kingdom on the island in the past, namely Selayar Gantarang Lalang Bata. Dance performed by four female dancers was first displayed in the 17th century precisely in 1903 when Pangali Patta King crowned as King in Gantarang Lalang Bata.
Not surprisingly, the movement of the dance is a very artistic and meaningful, subtle even very difficult to distinguish from one another. This dance is divided into 12 sections. Each movement has a special meaning. Sitting position, a sign of the beginning and end of the dance Pakarena. Rotary motion clockwise, shows the human life cycle. While the up and down movement, the rhythm of life is like a mirror. Rules of the game, a dancer Pakarena not allowed to open his eyes too wide. Similarly, the movement of the feet, should not be raised too high. This is true throughout the last dance that takes about two hours. Pakarena Gantarang music instruments such as drum accompaniment, kannong-kannong, gong, studs and pui-pui. While the costumes of the dancers are, pahang clothes (hand-woven), lipa 'sa'be (silk sarong typical South Sulawesi), and typical jewelry Selayar District. In 2007, Pakarena Gantarang representing South Sulawesi and Indonesia at the Cultural Bridges Event 2007, Indonesia-Malaysia at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC).