There are several types of the dance, including the Aski plate dance, Cupak plate dance, Pelangai plate dance, and Saningbakar plate dance. All describe the activities of farmers and are accompanied by an orchestra of traditional instruments.
The Aski plate dance originated in the Aski area in the province, and was created by Huriah Adam in 1965; a dance teacher from the area.
The dance, lasting six minutes, is performed by six females in the daytime or evening, indoors or outdoors, to entertain important guests at ceremonies. The dancers wear baju kurung (traditional buttonless blouses), sarongs, and hornlike headdresses. The dance is accompanied by an orchestra of males and females.
The Cupak plate dance originated in the Cupak area and was created in 1901 by Angku Gadang Tangguek, a dance teacher. It lasts 15 minutes and is performed by males in the daytime or evening, indoors or outdoors, to entertain guests at ceremonies. The dancers wear the Teluk Belanga traditional shirts.
The Pelangai plate dance originated in the Pelangai area and was created by Putri Bungsu in the distant past. It is performed indoors by six male and female adults at night at customary ceremonies and lasts for 15 minutes. The females wear traditional red clothes, while the males wear teluk belanga shirts.
The Saningbakar plate dance originated in the Saningbakar area, but the creator and the time of creation is unknown. It is performed for about six minutes by six males, children or adults, at religious ceremonies. They wear martial arts attire.