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!

Japanese Women’s Society’s “Friendship Tea”

THANK YOU to all of our HDAHF natori, students, and parents for your participation at the Japanese Women’s Society Foundation’s “Friendship Tea” event at Hale Pulama Mau on June 3, 2012! Bethany, Kaitlyn, Catherine, Dorthea, Cassie, Saritsu-san, Samei-san, and Mitsujyuro-san – you all were so-o-o good!!!   The members were very impressed with all of our students, and one member in particular kept asking how long each of our students have been taking dance lessons. She even asked of our young students – who their parents were, and commented that she could see how supportive they are 🙂  YES, that certainly is true!!!!

Hanayagi Mitsutamae
Principal