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Japanese Classical Dance (Nihon Buyo)

at RESOBOX - Hunter's Point

(435)
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$20 10 seats left
Start Date:

Wed, Aug 17, 6:45pm - 8:00pm Eastern Time

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Location:
Hunter's Point, Queens
44-02 23rd St Studio A #216
Btwn 44th Ave & 44th Rd
Long Island City, New York 11101
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Description
Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 12 and older
Average Class Size: 12
Teacher: Helen Moss

Flexible Reschedule Policy: This provider has flexible, free rescheduling for any-in person workshop. Please see the cancellation policy for more details

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 materials are provided to beginners. Trial classes are available at $10 for 30 minutes with prior registration. Please contact Coursehorse for more details.


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Refund Policy

Cancellations made at least 48 hours in advance of the class will be honored with a full refund. Students who cancel less than 48 hours 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 12 hours before class time. 

For Japanese Flower Arrangement: Ohara Ikebana Classes by HANADOJO: The class sign up deadline is 48 hours before the class begins. Cancellation after this period will NOT be refunded.

For Japanese Flower Arrangement: Misho Ikebana classThe class sign up deadline is 24 hours before the class begins. Cancellation after this period will NOT be refunded.

For Japanese Ink Painting (Sumi-e)The class sign up deadline is 4 hours before the class begins. Cancellation after this period will NOT be refunded.


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Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
6:45pm - 8:00pm Eastern Time Helen Moss 1 $20
6:45pm - 8:00pm Eastern Time Helen Moss 1 $20
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Reviews of Classes at RESOBOX (435)

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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)
Reviewed by Anonymous on 4/17/2017
It was a basic class but learned a lot, the instructor was very accommodating
Japanese Classical Dance (Nihon Buyo)
Reviewed by Anonymous on 8/30/2018
Japanese Classical Dance (Nihon Buyo)
Reviewed by Gorana G. on 11/18/2015
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