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Monday, July 28, 2014

Dress Rehearsals

I am practicing nine dances for upcoming events.


本番まで後2週間、
ドレスリハーサルを始めなくては、
マスターしなければいけない曲数がなんと9曲

あさどやユンタ、遊び庭

江佐節、鳩間節

炭坑節、花傘音頭、ポケモン音頭

Dance with music, Rhythm Nation

盆踊り、子供用エイサー、空手舞、創作舞踊
どれを先にお稽古したらよいのか
演目多すぎて、あたまごちゃごちゃ
そんな時は落ち着いて
先ずは基本稽古からはじめることにします。


夏の屋外ステージ用で
2重の衣装でRhythm Nation!踊る、
このような仕事、
引き受けるのは世界中で
この私だけかも(笑)。
ああ、暑い!

やっと2曲終了にて
休憩。

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Second Rehearsal at the Faison Firehouse Theater

Today, we have another rehearsal for the Summer Stage.
 I like to introduce an article on the director of FFT 
Mr. Faison:

今日も暑いニューヨーク、
FFTスタジオでの
2回目のリハーサルの日です。
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今日は、アフリカンダンサーとのリハでした。






Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Lesson of the Day for my Choreography

"The cliche - there is nothing new under the sun - has been said so many times that nobody remembers who originally made the observation. When we try to create something new we have to acknowledge that we are simply reworking what we have been told and taught into the context of our experiences. The deeper you can investigate your experiences, the more you will have to offer as you create your own work. In terms of the elements of dance, the more you allow yourself to explore what you know about the time and space, and effort of your experience, the more you will have to offer as a choreographer."
from the book
"A Sense of Dance Exploring Your Movement Potential"
written by
Constance A. Schrader, MA


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Preview of The Summer Stage


The Harlem Dance Caravan- Erasing the Boundaries

Styles of dance to be performed by Lotus Music & Dance artists include: Polynesian, Native American, Okinawan (Japanese), and more!


Erasing the Boundaries Performance
Friday August 15th, 2014 & Saturday August 16th, 2014 7:00 PM 
Location: Marcus Garvey Park
Dance, Kids Free!

Audiences will be enthralled by companies such as Baoku & the Image Afro-Beat Band, who presents African drumming and dancing that fuses jazz and rock with traditional elements; Jamel Gaines' Creative Outlet, famed for its merging of classical and modern techniques and shows that incorporate theatrics like spoken word and video; Lotus Music and Dance, the only company and educational institute in NYC that makes accessible the music and dance traditions of all world cultures; and the multicultural Cecilia Marta Dance Company, who aims to build bridges between communities through dance.


To get more information for:

August 15: Click Here

August 16th: Click Here




Friday, July 18, 2014

Grants Workshop

I attended 
the Grants Workshop (Arts & Culture Resources) New York Council for the Humanities 
sponsored by U.S. Congresswoman Grace Meng 
held at the Queens Public Library this morning.



Brooklyn Arts Council, Bronx Council on the Arts, Queens Council on the Arts 
were presenting their programs.
ニューヨーク市(クイーンズ、ブロンクス、ブルックリ)在住の
アート&文化団体と個人をターゲットに
グラント・ワークショップが開催され
始めて参加しました。

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Rehearsal at the Faison Firehouse Theater

Our first rehearsal took place at the studio of the Faison Firehouse Theater today. 
I met some modern dancers who will be dancing with us 
at the Summer Stage on Aug. 15 and 16th. 
Today, I was the only traditional dancer in the studio.


dance studio



Faison Firehouse Theater locates 
in Harlem, near APOLLO theater. 

8月のサマー・ステージリハーサルが始まりました。
2演題とも創作を披露いたします。
演題一は、他国伝統舞踊家たちとのコラボ、
演題二は、モダンダンサーたちとのコラボです。
私たちが競演する
曲やおどりは
見てのお楽しみ。

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Heisei Nakamuraza Kabuki

I didn't get to see the Lincoln Center's Heisei Nakamuraza Kabuki Program,
and got these photos from my friend.
リンカーンセンター夏の祭典にて
12日に6日間の上演を終えた
平成中村座歌舞伎公演
ニューヨーク・タイムズ紙で絶賛しています。

沖縄県を代表する伝統芸能「組踊」も是非参加していただきたい夏の祭典です。




Monday, July 14, 2014

First Swimming of the Summer

Sooo humid lately, I couldn't continue lessons and had to jump into the pool.

ジュクージーから眺めるダグラストンの大木


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蒸し暑くて、レッスンも苦しい毎日、
この夏、やっと泳げたとおもいきや、
家にもどると仕事の電言が、
ミーティング・リハーサルの
日程を決めないと。


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Dinner with Old Friends

We met with Larry's old friends for dinner yesterday.
Salad and fruits are  the best foods for summer. 



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I can find many vegetables I used to eat in Okinawa in the Chinese market
in Douglaston.


Water Spinach

[Kandaba-] カンダバー(沖縄語)

紅芋

青大根

夏は野菜とフルーツを沢山食べるに限ります。
沖縄の食卓でよくみかける野菜が
この店で沢山売られています。

Friday, July 11, 2014

New accessories for bag

I created flower-shaped accessories with the kimono fabrics today.



Excursion to Garden City

We went to Garden City, Long Island, for lunch and fabric shopping today.

Our favorite Mexican restaurant



Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Making Clothes

Today, I am working on to make a clothes dismantled the kimono. 
今日は、一重の着物を解体して
スカートを縫う作業をしています。
ついでにバッグも作ります。


Monday, July 7, 2014

Super-Typhoon in Japan

I pry for the Super-Typhoon Neoguri (raccoon in Korean language)
won't damage Miyako Islands, Okinawa, and
people in Japan will be safe. 


台風の被害が少ないことを祈ります!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Photos of South Carolina

Happy Independent Day!
The Hurricane Arthur is gone and 
we got sunny sky in New York City now.
Let's enjoy fire works of NY tonight!

I got some photos from friend in South Carolina. 

Luckily the Hurricane Arthur didn't hit so hard in North Carolina.

サウス・カロライナ州のお友達から届いた写真集です。

昨日

先週


「うこんの木」と「てぃんさぐぬ花」(鳳仙花)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Lotus Music and Dance Summer Classes

Please join dance lessons:
Presented by Lotus Music and Dance


New Classes New Events

Lotus Performance /Class Update
Lotus is Moving!!! We have a new office located at 262 West 38th Street Suite 1006. We look forward to an exciting new season of classes and workshops at Simple Studios 134 West 29th Street in the Manhattan NYC and a new space Ruth Williams Dance Studio 170 East 116th Street in Harlem NYC. We welcome you all to join us this summer for a few events coming up and to stay in touch with us through the fall about classes, workshops, special events and news concerning our upcoming 25th Anniversary Celebration. Thank you all for your continued support and for choosing Lotus Music and Dance.
Gisele Assi
Beginning Flamenco - For Adults & Teens
Tuesdays 6pm - 7pm
September 9th - October 28th
Full Session-8 classes-$160
Single Session-$25
This workshop is to introduce the basic technique for arm work (Braceo) and footwork (Zapateado) of the Flamenco dance. The workshop will include also Flamenco rhythms (Compas) in fun excersies for flamenco clapping (palmas flamencas) basic footwork. The class starts with a warm up for good posture, upper body and arm work. Class will culminate with little shoreography and combination steps to be taken to a more advance level.
*Lotus Membership is required for workshop pre-paid rate
Click here for Lotus Membership.

Location:
Ruth Williams Dance Studio
170 East 116th Street Ste 2E, Harlem NY

Support Lotus' mission to present and preserve traditional music and dance from around the world!
Click here to DONATE.
Rosa Carhullanqui
Mainera Norteña
Tuesdays 7pm-8pm Beginners
Tuesdays 8pm-9pm Intermediate / Advanced

September 19th - October 28th
Full Session-8 classes-$160
Single Session-$30

There are two Mainera Workshops: One for beginner students and the other for Intermediate /Advanced students ages 6yrs and up (kids-teens-adults). Rosa will introduce the Mainera dance and styles. In the beginning, dance students work on the steps, coordinating footwork and develop warm up routines in the Mainera techniques


*Lotus Membership is required for workshop pre-paid rate
Click here for Lotus Membership.

Location:
Ruth Williams Dance Studio
170 East 116th Street Ste 2E, Harlem NY

Support Lotus' mission to present and preserve traditional music and dance from around the world!
Click here to DONATE.
Lotus Performance Events
Here is a list of all the locations that Lotus Artist + Lotus Students will be performing around NYC
July 5th (Sat) - 1pm,2pm,3pm,&4pm - Lei Pasifika + Lotus Polynesian students @ UNIQLO Summer Event , 34th Street Store
July 24th (Thurs) - 6:30pm - 8pm, Lei Pasifika + Lotus Polynesian Students @ Barefoot Dancing (free lessons) Summer Stage Van Courtlandt Park
August 15th & 16th (Fri & Sat) - 8pm Summer Stage: The Faisonhouse Presents: The Harlem Dance Caravan: Erasing Boundaries - Marcus Garvey Park Ampitheater
September 13th (Sat)- 4pm -Shoton Festival - The traditional Yogurt Festival @ Washington Irving High School Auditorium with Tibetan, Nepali, Lotus Kathak Students, & Flamenco dances, Tibetan food, Crafts, also featuring Angela McKenzie (Singer/Broadcast Journalist), and much more!!!
Every Wednesday night 7:30pm-9:30pm Lei Pasifika @ Hotel Chantelle, Luau Dinner & Show (please contact the resturant for reservations -http//:hotelchanetelle.com

For more information on our upcoming workshops - visit www.lotusmusicanddance.org/workshops
Lotus Music and Dance
336 West 37th Street, Suite 315

Flowers of Summer

I love flower photo.

Recently, I got beautiful photos from Eric J. Kunz, a professional photographer.
www.kunzphoto.com




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