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Yosakoi Japanese Dance Workshop
December 8, 2012 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
with Hideko Mukae, visiting instructor from Japan
Saturday, December 8
3:00 – 4:30 pm
$20Sign Up Now!
Come experience the fun, invigorating new dance style that is hugely popular in Japan. No experience required!
The music for yosakoi is created with Japanese instruments such as the shamisen – a three-string banjo-like instrument – and taiko – Japanese drums and naruko- hand clapper. Although the music and dance is rooted in tradition, contemporary arrangements may incorporate popular Western dance styles such as hip hop, jazz dance, and even cheerleading. This melding of old and new has contributed to its revival amongst the younger generations.
Hideko Mukae has been a dance instructor and choreographer for over 26 years in Japan, instructing a variety of dance and fitness exercises, including yosakoi, aerobic dance, hip hop, jazz, cheer dance and yoga. Hideko creates yosakoi choreography based on her vast experience with multiple types of dance. She also arranges naruko dance, a traditional Japanese dance similar to yosakoi, in a contemporary style and has led many teams to win awards at the Yosakoi Festival in Sasebo.
Watch her video of her Yosakoi workshop at Still & Moving
Here’s a rousing video of an energetic team in Japan!