Nihon Buyoh Classes by TomoeArts | Wednesdays, Sept. 22-Nov. 24

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Are you a dancer, actor or do you simply have an interest in Japanese dance or culture? Starting Wednesday, September 22, TomoeArts is offering a fantastically cool opportunity to learn Nihon Buyoh, a traditional Japanese dance.

Nihon Buyoh Classes by TomoeArts
Sept. 22-Nov. 24 (Wednesday)|
Beginners 6:30-7:30; Intermediate 7:30-8:30
Japanese United Church (3 weeks) and 45 West (7 weeks)|
Cost: $150.00 + $35 fan purchase (plus HST)

If you’re not familiar with Nihon Buyoh think Japanese Kabuki theatre and the dance of geisha. Nihon Buyoh is a musical artform that goes all the way back to the 17th century with the origination of Kabuki theatre. It combines music with storytelling, character, pantomimic gesture and virtuoso movement patterns.

This 10-week introductory course offers participants an opportunity to learn an introduction to the female (onnagata) and male (otokogata) form through one or two short dances. Classes will be taught in English with some Japanese available. An overview of the history of kabuki dance and nihon buyoh will be incorporated into the class as well.

If you’re hesitant because you have little to no dance experience, have no fear: no previous dance experience is required. Be aware though that participants are required to wear tabi (Japanese split-toed socks) or white socks and, if possible, a yukata (cotton kimono).

For more information contact: 604.607.5978 or

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