Sunday, June 11, 2017

Kappore Dance

Last summer I attended the Minato Festival in my town. I saw the kappore dancing and wanted to learn.   I have been attending the two hour dance classes at a local gymnasium on Sunday evenings and trying to practice a little with the YouTube instructional videos. I had no idea how difficult all the dances were! The gym is full of people of all ages - children to elderly.  There are three or four instructors on a stage in front, one with a microphone. I don't understand everything they say, but it is a lot of right, left, step, stop, and similar words that I know.  For the rest, I just try to follow what the people on stage are doing.

Here are videos of the three dance classes I have attended so far. (There is no class tonight so everyone has a break, to practice, I guess.)

Needless to say, I won't be participating in the festival, but I do plan to go and watch.  This year the festival will be held August 4, 5, and 6.


  1. Okay, this is cool! Are these traditional dances or contemporary? They look like great exercise for sure. I love how you involve yourself in the Japanese culture. That is probably why you have so many friends.
    xx, Carol

  2. You need to keep a lot in your mind to follow these instructions! No for me! Great exercise though.

  3. This really looks like a fun dance class. I´m on my way :-)

  4. Gosh! They look like a complete body workout!
    I don't think I could do this!
    I bet you have a lot of fun doing these!
    Well done you!
    Barbara x

  5. That looks like a lot of fun! Maybe like some kind of Japanese Zumba?