Japanese Dancing

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Japanese Dancing

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Japanese Dance

The steps to traditional Japanese dances have been handed down through generations and are still performed today. Many Japanese dances are being developed throughout the history including Noh Mai, Bon Odori, and Nihon Buyo. The Noh Mai interpretation was originated during the 1200 A.D. The Noh Mai dancers danced according to the music played by the flutes. Small drums are also played during the Noh Mai dance performance. Cultural festivals such as the "Bon" dance keep the tradition alive among everyday folk.

Learning the Steps to Traditional Japanese Dance

Japanese DanceWearing Tabi socks - Tabi are also essential with traditional kimono. The most common colour is white, and white tabi are worn in formal situations such Japanese Dancing.

Japanese DanceWhen the lesson starts, make a deep bow with courtesy.Much more formality is kept between the student and the teacher, with ritualized greetings and farewells during every lesson.

Japanese DanceRather than taking a student through drills and stretches and other "technique" exercises, the teacher will then simply begin the dance, often in front of a mirror or facing the student, and expect the student to follow.

Japanese DanceThe dance has been divided into sections, and the student will work on specific sections with the teacher at each lesson, as well as the entire dance. When a section is completed, the teacher will do it again – and again – until they feel the student should try it on their own. At this point the sections are performed with feedback from the teacher.

Japanese DanceQuestions are usually not asked either – the student trusts the teacher to correct mistakes, and at any section they are unsure of they can simply stop and wait for guidance. At the end of the lesson, the teacher will usually have the student attempt the entire dance by themselves.

Japanese DanceMaterial symbols such as kimonos, fans, and towels are given rich symbolic importance as the rehearsal space is changed into a sacred and special room separate from the worries of the outside world.

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