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Aharen Honryu Keisen Wa No Kai Okinawan Dance School

Workshop Group Members: Grand Master Kazuko Chibana Volkmar, and students Chikako Feld,Suzi Marang, Mutsuko Muncy, Miyoko Smith, and Eiko Taylor

Workshop Description: The workshop will include an explanation and demonstration of Okinawa and its culture, focusing on traditional Okinawan dance and its costumes and music. We will demonstrate a range of dance styles, from classic, court dances to more lively folk dances. We will introduce the rich and unique historical and cultural backdrop of what is now the southernmost prefecture of Japan, including a demonstration of the Okinawan sanshin, a popular three-stringed instrument. There also will be an opportunity for the audience to participate in learning the steps to one dance. The workshop will conclude with the lively kachashii, or ?get-together dance?, in which the audience is invited and encouraged to participate.

Dance Performance Group Members: Grand Master Kazuko Chibana Volkmar, and students Miyuki Brower, Chikako Feld, Suzi Marang, Kazue Motoki, Mutsuko Muncy, Miyoko Smith, and Eiko Taylor

Dance Performance Description: A performance of several traditional dances of Okinawa, the group of islands that comprise the southernmost prefecture of Japan. For centuries before becoming part of Japan nearly 150 years ago, the formerly independent Okinawan Kingdom maintained extensive trade, political, and cultural ties with both China and Japan. These resulted in a rich and unique traditional Okinawan culture that is reflected in the dances you will see. The performance will include examples of classical court dances as well as more lively traditional folk dances.