The dancers can then play with each other, teasing, challenging and enjoying each others company. It
is most popular in Johor.
There are numerous forms of Zapin dances and it varies from state to state. One of the most popular
forms and certainly more evolved and intricate is the Zapin Tenglu from the town of Mersing. Said to be inspired by the ebb and flow of the tide and the lives of fishermen, the dance has many unexpected movements like a
rotation of the body from the waist followed by a sudden accented, sharp and held movement of the arms and shoulders. It is said that these movements are derived from the feeling of being tossed around in a fishing boat and
having to catch yourself before you are thrown overboard.
Another popular Zapin dance is the Zapin Pekajang.