Japanese Dance

Ivette C, Litzy S, Mariana G, Veronica H.


There are two type of traditional Japanese dances. Odori which originate in the Edo period, and Mai which originate in the western part of Japan.Odori grew out of Kabuki drama and is more oriented toward male sentimates.Mai is traditionally performed in japanese rooms instead of on the stage. It was influenced by Noh drama.


The japanese hand held fans were originally designed as implements to induce airflow. The main purpose of these was was to cool and refresh the aristocrats.The fan dance was originally intended to extend cheer. The early performances of the Japanese fan dance was recorded during the reign of the Emperor Jimmu.


There are two different types of movement:
Mai-- slow shuffle and a quickly paced circling of the stage
Odori-- showy and lively movements, such as leg lifts and turns
Traditional japanese dancers wear susohiki when performing
Japanese dances are performed like a story

Bon Ordi vs. Noh Mai

Bon Ordi and Noh Mai have in common is that they perform these dances using masks and wearing kimonos.

The difference between the two is that Noh Mai is a style background with music performed with lutes and drums. Bon Ordi is a Japanese dance that is performed during the summer festival held in every city.


Throught this powerpoint we have describe different types of Japanese traditional dances. We have compared and contrasted Two types of Traditional dances which are Bon Ordi and Noh Mai.Each of the traditional dances have different cultures. The 3 of them have different types of hand movements and feet positions.