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Introduction to Okinawan Dance

Okinawa in Focus

March 19, 2022
11:00 am


Saturday, March 19 at 11 am—1 pm  EST

Learn about the history of Okinawa’s performing arts in an in-person, interactive dance workshop that introduces the movements and rhythms of Okinawa’s traditional court dances and zo odori, popular folk dances. Led by the artistic director of National Theatre Okinawa, Michihiko Kakazu, the workshop will be facilitated by performers from Waves Across Time: Traditional Dance and Music of Okinawa. This intimate workshop also allows participants to view the traditional bingata-dyed costumes and stylized rustic apparel used in each dance form.

Max. 25 participants. Participants must wear socks and workout attire. No prior dance experience necessary.

In commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion to Japan, Japan Society is engaging in a dynamic year-long exploration of the archipelago’s people, culture, history, and geopolitical significance. See more upcoming events from the Okinawa in Focus series →

Waves Across Time: Traditional Dance and Music of Okinawa is supported, in part, by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan through the Japan Arts Council; The JEC Fund; the National Endowment for the Arts and The Asahi Shimbun Foundation. This engagement of Waves Across Time: Traditional Dance and Music of Okinawa is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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2021-2022 Performing Arts Season

Lead Sponsor
MetLife Foundation

The season is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

Major support is generously provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation, Doug and Teresa Peterson, and The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc. Endowment support is provided by the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Endowment Fund and the Endowment for the Performing Arts, established with a leadership gift from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Howard Gilman

Additional support is provided by the Royal Little Family Foundation, Helen and Kenneth A. Cowin, Dr. and Mrs. Carl F. Taeusch II, Dr. Jeanette C. Takamura, Estate of Alan M. Suhonen, Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon, Nancy and Joe Walker, Dr. John K. Gillespie, Paula S. Lawrence, Dr. Stephen and Mrs. Michiko Levine, Marjorie Neuwirth, Hiroko Onoyama, Lyndley and Samuel Schwab, and Nora and David Tezanos. Transportation assistance is provided by All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. Yamaha is the official piano provider of Japan Society. MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception is provided by MetLife Foundation.