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.

Session Details

  • Class ID: 6649
  • Instructor: Mary Ohno
  • When: 4 Saturdays | 4/8/17 - 4/29/17 | 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • 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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