Dance Symposium with Hanayagi Tomo-sensei

July 16 – 22, HDAHF was again honored to host Hanayagi Tomo-sensei, who made the long trip from the Hanayagi Ryu headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. She offered her expert and insightful teaching skills to a few of the older students in private lessons during the week and then also to all of the HDAHF students in an Odori Workshop on Saturday. The Dance Symposium was made possible by the efforts of our students’ parents, our natori, who provided meals, rides and other supports during the week, and the generosity of the Kotohoira Jinsha, who provided space and support. We were also honored to receive a grant from the Japanese Women’s Society Foundation as part of their effort to “promote and sponsor cultural programs and activities.”

Domo arigato gozaimasu to all the participants and supporters who made this wonderful event possible!

Teaching visit by Hanayagi Tomo-sensei

In order to keep our ties to our head schools in Japan strong, HDAHF is privileged to host teachers from Japan on a regular basis. This year, Hanayagi Tomo-sensei offered private dance lessons, not only to our two students studying to take their natori tests, but also to the other students and natori of HDAHF. On Saturday, she also taught two group lessons, one to the children and one to the adults, on perfecting some of the basic movements of the Hanayagi school seen in many dances. Tomo-sensei’s attention to details, clear explanations, and precise movements were both informative and inspirational, for which we can only say, domo arigato-gozaimashita! And to all the students and natori who studied with her, otsukaresama!

Bryson, Tomo-sensei, Stacie