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Japanese Classical Dance (Nihon Buyo)

Discover the beauty and grace of Japanese classical dance at RESOBOX. Immerse yourself in the elegant Sōke Fujima style, where you'll learn to interpret poetry through movement and music. Join us and experience the rich cultural tradition of Nihon buyō.

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  • 44-02 23rd St, Long Island City, NY
  • 75 minutes

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What you'll learn in this folk dance class:

Learn how to interpret the Japanese classical dance called Nihon buyō (日本舞踊) or nichibu (日舞). 

Japanese classical dance was born about 1603, along with the first performances of Kabuki Theatre. In Japanese, it is also called Nihon buyō (日本舞踊) or nichibu (日舞). Even today, all Kabuki actors must first learn to dance. You can study this style of dance, too, even if you are not Japanese.

In Japanese classical dance, the dancer interprets the poetry being sung in addition to dancing along with the music. For instance, if the words of the song say, “It was a very hot day,” the dancer might fan herself to show how hot it is, or if the words refer to a gentle breeze, the dancer’s movements themselves could become the cool breeze. Sometimes the dancer moves or stamps rhythmically to the music, too.

A fan (osensu) helps interpret the poetry by representing many things and illustrating many moods. Fans can be used completely closed, with one rib open, or fully opened.The kimono can be either leotard or costume; even its sleeves are used as part of dance. Myriad small hand props, such as an umbrella (kasa) or hand towel (tenugui), enhance the poetic meaning and the beauty of the scene.

Any dancer can successfully dance the part of a male or female character, since men and women customarily study both male and female styles. Male style is very open, with all energy directed outward – the feet are turned out, and the elbows are held out and away from the body to suggest masculinity and strength. Female style is just the opposite, but equally strong — the feet are turned slightly inward with knees held closely together, arms carried closer to the body, and the movements themselves are smaller, softer, and more feminine.

There are many styles or schools of Japanese classical dance. The style of dance taught at (Resobox or Japanese Cultural Center) is the elegant Sōke Fujima style.

Note: All levels of experience are welcome, and all materials will be provided. Trial classes are available at $10 for 30 minutes with prior registration. Please contact Coursehorse for more details.

Refund Policy

  • Cancellations made at least 3 business days in advance of the class will be honored with a refund less a 5% nonrefundable registration fee.
  • Students who cancel less than 3 business days prior to the start time of the class will receive a credit towards a future class.
  • No credit/refund if cancellation is made less than 1 business day before class time.

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In any event where a customer wants to cancel their enrollment and is eligible for a full refund, a 5% processing fee will be deducted from the refund amount.

Reviews of Classes at RESOBOX (522)

(4.6-star rating across 522 reviews)
  • Japanese Classical Dance (Nihon Buyo)

    Reviewed by Gloria W. on 12/27/2018
    Really knowledgeable teacher. Fascinating class. Great experience. Plan to take it again!
  • Japanese Classical Dance (Nihon Buyo)

    Anonymous review on 4/17/2017
    It was a basic class but learned a lot, the instructor was very accommodating
  • Japanese Classical Dance (Nihon Buyo)

    Anonymous review on 8/30/2018
  • Japanese Classical Dance (Nihon Buyo)

    Reviewed by Gorana G. on 11/18/2015
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