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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     


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Come experience the fun, invigorating new dance style that is hugely popular in Japan. No experience required!

It’s fun, it’s snappy, and it’s a great workout!  Hideko is a leader in the Yosakoi dance world, giving a fresh lift to what used to be a traditional Japanese dance. You learn to dance with a small clapping instrument called a Naruko while dancing to Japanese music played by instruments like the Taiko and Shamisen.  Yosakoi, danced by everybody, from children to seniors, is popular all over Japan, performed in festivals throughout the country.  Its rhythm is catchy, and Hideko’s enthusiasm for Yosakoi is contagious! Everyone can join in!  Participants can choose to give a short performance after the class.  That’s how fast you learn Yosakoi with Hideko!  Join the fun!

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!



December 8, 2012
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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