Butoh is a style of Japanese avant-garde dance that emerged in the
early 1960's, focusing on physical expression of intense emotions.
Well-known Butoh performer Ken Mai holds bimonthly three
hour butoh workshops in Kyoto (resuming Sept. 2004). English and
Japanese are spoken. Call or email for more information.
Workshop dates for September: Sun.12.Sep and Sun.26.Sep, 13:00-
Fee: \3,000 per workshop (\2,000 for students)
Access: Ichijoji Shukaisho in Ichijoji Sakyo-Ku
Salsa is a type of partner-dance from South America that has gained
popularity in the United States and Japan. Cafe Rumbita is a Latin-style
bar with a dance floor that is one of the best places to go Salsa
dancing in Kyoto. Cafe Rumbita offers lessons both afternoons
and evenings in a variety of Salsa styles (Cuban, New York, LA etc.)
and levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced, movement), as well
as a weekly Argentine Tango class. Class prices range from \1,000-\2,000.
Once you've learned some moves you can practice at nightly salsa
parties (no cover charge if you've paid for two lessons).
Access: Cafe Rumbita, east of Kawaramachi on Rokkaku Dori, Shizuya
Building 3F (Near Sanjo Keihan Station)
Phone: 075-212-1504 (Japanese)
Monthly schedule featuring courses at Cafe Rumbita: http://calendar.yahoo.co.jp/YYY,cd7ed9/srt,0/majin0322/?v=2&t=1091879959
Cafe Rumbita Website: http://www.rumbita.jp
Gallery B Life Cafe also offers a twice monthly salsa event
called "Crazy Salsa in Kyoto", featuring free Salsa dance
Dates: 7 Aug. (Sat.), 28 Aug. (Sat.) 21:00-
Entrance Fee: Men\1000(w/\50drink discount), Ladies\500(w/\100drink
Access: East of Kawaramachi on Takoyakushi Dori, basement of Rekusu
bldg., close to Hankyu Kawaramachi Station and Maruzen Bookstore.
Swing Dance is a style of American dance from the 1930's and 1940's
that is experiencing a revival across the world. Kansai Swing aficionado
Charlie Nishio has recently opened a Swing Dance studio and
night club in Osaka called "Swing Week", featuring nightly
swing dance workshops: Lindyhop, Jive, Jitterbug Stroll, seniors
class, etc. Swing workshops in Kyoto may be available in the future
as well. Instruction in Japanese, beginners welcome.
Schedule: 1 hour lessons nightly from 8pm, classes vary per day
Class fee: \1,000
Access: 1-12-19,Shinmachi, Nishi-Ku, Osaka 5 Min. walk from subway
Honmachi Station, west of Osaka Kosei Nenkin Kaikan
Phone: 06-6533-3645 (Japanese only)
The Kyo Ryu Kan Dance, Music and Theatre School is an international
dance studio featuring lessons in a wide variety of dance types:
Ballet, Yoga, Belly Dance, Hip Hop, Capoeira, Children's Classes
etc. Trial lesson \1,000. Call for detailed prices and schedules.
Phone: 075-213-0288 (English/Japanese)
Access: 657 Shokokuji Monzen-cho 3F, Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 8min west
of Subway Imadegawa, 15min east of Keihan Demachiyanagi Station
◆INDIAN CLASSICAL DANCE
Instructor Tomiko Daya has studied Indian Classical dance
for 30 years and teaches the ancient South Indian classical dance
form of Bharata Nathyam at her studio near Kitano Tenmangu
in Kyoto. Some English spoken.
Fee: Initial enrollment fee \5,000, monthly fee \10,000 (four classes)
Access: Kyoto City Bus to Kitano Tenmangu Mae (call for directions)
◆TRADITIONAL JAPANESE DANCE
Traditional Theatre Training, founded by Dr. Jonah Saltz
in 1984, is an organization devoted to teaching Japanese traditional
arts to non-Japanese people. TTT offers a variety of courses and
intensive seminars in English including Noh, Kyogen, Nihon Buyo
(traditional dance) etc. Please refer to the website for more information.
Hinoki No Kai is a non-profit organization devoted to preserving
the Japanese traditional arts. A free trial class (shamisen and
dance) is offered on the third Sunday of each month. Please contact
Hinoki No Kai to apply. Classical music and dance courses are offered
three times a month, and require both registration and monthly fees.
Please note that instruction is in Japanese only.
Phone: 075-525-0803 (Japanese only)
-Compiled by Bianca Jarvis
Instructor: OOTA Sadakuni
Location: Arashiyama Classroom
Fee: \4,000 monthly fee plus materials fee (no enrollment fee) Meets
twice per month, each session is 2 hours.
◆Tea Ceremony (Urasenke)
Instructor: OKUDA Soukun
Location: Murasakino Classroom (Instructors home in Murasakino Wakakusa
Fee: \3,000 enrollment fee, \4,000 monthly fee Meets twice a month
Instructor: KANASAKA Saika
Location: Co-Op Nijo Station
Shop Fee: \1,000 enrollment fee, \2,500 monthly fee Meets 1st and
3rd Thursday of the month, 13:30-15:30
Instructor: HASHIMOTO Hitomi
Location: Co-Op Nijo Station
Shop Fee: \2,000 enrollment fee, \4,000 monthly fee Meets 1st and
3rd Thursday of each month, 10:00-12:00
For more information contact:
Co-op Culture Center: Kyoto Cultural Affairs Center, Cultural Affairs
Address: 〒617-0002 Muko City, Teradocho Dencho 37-1
Hours: 10:00-17:00 (Closed Sat., Sun. and Holidays)