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Okinawan Dance and Music with Cheryl Yoshie Nakasone

Info: Apr 20, 2017 • Thu • 6:30-7:30pm • Wailuku Public Library • Free • Email csinfo@hawaii.edu for more information.

Okinawan Dance and Music with Cheryl Yoshie Nakasone

Jimpu Kai USA Kin Ryosho Ryukyu Geino Kenkyusho, Hawaii Shibu is directed by Cheryl Yoshie Nakasone. The Okinawan performing arts group brings the music and dance of Okinawa to life. Enjoy numbers ranging from traditional folk dances, to the classical art of kumiwudui, the dance- drama performed for the kings of Ryukyu in old Okinawa, and to colorful, contemporary dances with taiko. Sing or dance along with music performed on the Okinawan sanshin, the snakeskin three-stringed instrument, and learn the freestyle dance of atchame/kachashi that everyone can do.

Cheryl Yoshie Nakasone started training and performing in Honolulu at an early age. After graduating from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, she continued her studies in Okinawa under the tutelage of Ryosho Kin, a designated National Living Treasure of Japan. She is the first foreigner to pass all three levels of the `konkuru,` the proficiency dance examinations, and she received her master`s certification from Kin-sensei in 1976. She is Artistic Director of Jimpu Kai USA, Kin Ryosho Ryukyu Geino Kenkyusho, Hawaii Shibu.

Sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

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