Class Overview

Japanese Kabuki Arts | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education

Are you intrigued by the artistry and grace of Kabuki dance?

During this class, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Learn how to play the shamisen (Naga-uta style) — a traditional Japanese 3-string instrument — in both English and Japanese
  • Learn about Kabuki history
  • Experience how to wear a kimono
  • Learn formal manners, etiquette and polite greetings in Japanese
  • Practice putting on Kabuki-style stage make-up

The instructor is a professional Kabuki Arts teacher, with 40 years of experience.

 

Learning Outcomes

  • Master the basic movements of Japanese dance, step-by-step, using kimono sleeves, fan, hands, feet and other props
  • Learn how to read shamisen music notation by using text/CD
  • Learn how to hold and play the 3 stringed musical instrument with plectrum.
  • Increase your knowledge of the history of Kabuki play & music from the past 400 years
  • Pick up some hiragana/katakana (Japanese alphabet)
  • Learn traditional Japanese style manners and etiquette

Who Should Take this Class?

  • Anyone who is interested in learning the general concepts of traditional Japanese Kabuki Arts under a Japanese instructor who speaks both English and Japanese
  • Experienced dancers who would like to learn a new style of dance
  • Performance artists who seek to expand their repertoire

Please Note: A shamisen and kimono are required for this class; please contact the instructor for information on where you can rent them.

Student Testimonials

I love dancing! Kabuki is so vastly different from Western dance. I am thrilled to be able to be part of a unique and traditional cultural experience.

I enjoy learning the stories that goes with the traditional songs and music pieces.

Mary Ohno’s way of expression through music and dance is incredible. It’s not often to find a teacher who not only cares about the subject matter but lives it daily. — Jennifer Dowling

Session Details

  • Class ID: 6649
  • Instructor: Mary Ohno
  • When: We're not offering this class right now, but we will again in the future. Please bookmark this page and check back for updates, or sign up for our email list to receive news on upcoming classes. Thank you!
  • Total Number of Hours: 12
  • Where: Broadway Edison Bldg - Room 2122 | 1701 Broadway, Seattle WA 98122
  • Fee: $99
  • Additional Notes: A shamisen and kimono are required for this class; please contact the instructor for information on where you can rent them.
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