Izanai Yosakoi Dance Classes 2014
Let's Have Fun Dancing!
The annual, seasonal Izanai Yosakoi dance class will be back!
We will hold our practices every Saturday for 8 weeks.
The first practice will be held on Saturday, January 11th, 2014.
The last day of practice will be Saturday, March 1st.
Location: Upcountry Fitness Gym (810 Kokomo Rd. Haiku HI 96780)
Fee: Donation base (barter is also welcomed)
Instructor: Akari Ueoka
- Bring your shoes (optional), water (a glass bottle is not allowed) and a towel.
- Children are welcome to join the class as well. (If they come, they need to attend the class. They cannot be running around unsupervised.)
- We will be performing at the 20th Honolulu Festival the following weekend of the last class. (You won't have to perform. It's optional.)
- We will begin with stretch and warm-up, and then we will go over the choreography. It is simple and easy (I promise), so please feel free to drop in just for fun, to exercise, and/or to see your friends even if you are not going to perform with us in March.
- When you come for the first time practice, please come 5 minutes early to sign the waiver form. I will be coming from another dance class, so I might be running a little late, but I will be there by 4:30 pm for sure.
I look forward to seeing you!
Any questions? Feel free to email me at akariueoka*gmail.com. (Please insert @ where the * is. I do this to avoid spam mails.)
What is Yosakoi?
Yosakoi is an annual dance festival originated in my hometown, Kochi, Japan after the World War II. The festival was created to reunite people, celebrate life, and to pray for world peace.
Izanai Yosakoi was created by the last Suga Kunitomo, our beloved dance teacher and choreographer. Izanai means to invite. It is a dance which invites dancers as well as audience to share joy of life as one.
The Newly Choreographed Piece was Titled "Yosakoi"
Dancers at the Maui Matsuri
A child performer at the Honolulu Festival
The late Suga Kunitomo praying before the performance
(the dancer next to her is Shinnosuke Kunitomo, Suga's second son)