There is no doubt about the connection of the stages in the development of mankind with the emergence of art, which illustrates the processes of production and extraction of essential raw materials.

The plot of the dance in different cultures often talks about the work activities that come to life with the help of various props.

In the beliefs of many peoples, bread is sacred. The plates are an integral part of the traditions of feeding in folklore.

The role of the bread and the plates is interesting - not on the table, but on the festival stages, part of the Euro Folk Musical Feasts. There, these attributes are components of attractive dances, imitating labor activities.

Bread – "Joy in the eyes - bread in the hands - we are happy!", this is what says Mrs. Aija Ruliete, artistic director of the Latvian folk dance group “Kreicburga” to Krustpils House of Culture – Jekabpils, for their performance in the World Championship of Folklore “World Folk” 2017.

For their performances on the stages of the folklore forum, the dancers present a program, which imitates the work activities, associated with traditional bread. Their repertoire illustrates the strength of Latvian men. The dances show the processes of sowing the grain for the bread, as well as the ways in which women bake the bread and serve it to people. Enjoy the beautiful choreography, presenting the labor activities of the Latvian people, bearing the name “Lai rīb zeme dancojot” – literally "Let the earth roar as it dances."

Plates – the dance community "GALANG" from Padang, Wess-Sumatera (Indonesia) performs a traditional plate dance during their participation in the World Cup of Folklore, which was held in Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgaria) in 2018. With their choreography, the dancers present part of the traditions of their society - the ceremony in which people eat together.

Plate Dance is the art of dance, practiced by the tribe Minangkabau in West Sumatra, originating from the city of Solok. This dance reflects the activities of the traditional people of Minangkabau during their work in the field. The dance is an expression of the happiness of the owners, as well as of their gratitude to God for the rich harvest.

Plate Dance is danced in pairs or in groups with diverse and dynamic movements, intertwined with the sound of the characteristic instruments called “gandang tambua”, “sarunai” (type of flute) and “gogng”. 

The performance presents the movements made by the farmers during the cultivation and harvesting of the rice crop.Sometimes the dancers throw the plates in the air and often in the last phase of their performance, the artists step on the broken plates without hurting them. This gesture religiously signals that God accepts the prayer of the performers.