YOSAKOI: Japanese Dance Sensation & Yosakoi & Yoga Fusion Mar 30 – Apr 1

YOSAKOI! Workshop Series

with Hideko Mukae, visiting instructor from Japan

Introduction to Yosakoi : Friday March 30   5:30 -6:30 pm  


Yosakoi & YOGA: Saturday, Mar 31    1:00 -4:00 pm  


Yosakoi Dance with Naruko April 1st    1:00 -4:00 pm  


*Sat & Sun Special Price $79

Come experience the fun, invigorating dance style that is hugely popular in Japan, but little known to the outside world.

Hideko will teach several workshops: one session will merge her two passions: yoga & yosakoi dance and the other will focus primarily on the Yosakoi dance itself. No experience necessary! It’s so fun you’ll forget it’s exercise and Hideko is a being of total joy!

Yosakoi (よさこい) is a powerful, energetic traditional festival dance that originated in the Southern Japanese city of Kochi in 1954. In recent years, it has incorporated modern dance styles and music and Yosakoi-style dancing has spread throughout much of the nation. The style of dance is highly energetic, combining traditional Japanese dance movements with modern music. The choreographed dances are often performed by large teams. Now, Yosakoi festivals are held all over Japan, throughout the year. They vary in size from small villages hosting a few teams of dancers in conjunction with another annual festival, to large cities like Sendai, which hosts the Michinoku Yosakoi Festival, the third largest festival in Japan.

The music for yosakoi is created with Japanese instruments such as the shamisen – a three-string banjo-like instrument – and taiko – Japanese drums and naruko- hand clapper. Although the music and dance is rooted in tradition, contemporary arrangements may incorporate popular Western dance styles such as hip hop, jazz dance, and even cheerleading. This melding of old and new has contributed to its revival amongst the younger generations.

Hideko Mukae has been a dance instructor  and choreographer for over 26 years in Japan, instructing a variety of dance and fitness exercises, including yosakoi, aerobic dance, hip hop, jazz, cheer dance and yoga. Hideko creates yosakoi choreography based on her vast experience with multiple types of dance. She also arranges naruko dance, a traditional Japanese dance similar to yosakoi, in a contemporary style and has led many teams to win awards at the Yosakoi Festival in Sasebo.

Watch her video of  her Yosakoi & Yoga workshop at Yoga Hawai’i


Here’s a rousing video of an energetic team in Japan!



Lessons of Aloha,Ukelele Lesson & Concert with Brother Noland Mar 31

Lessons of Aloha, Ukelele/Hula Workshop & Music Concert

with Brother Noland

Saturday, Mar 31st

Lessons of Aloha 4:00 -5:00 pm $20

Ukelele/Hula Lesson-Papalina Lahilahi 5:30-6:30 pm $20

Heroic Spirit Music Concert  7:00m-9:00 pm $20

$50 for all Brother Noland events

Lessons of Aloha Talk Story Session $20
“Everything that happens to you is a lesson of aloha.” -Brother Noland    Weaving stories, narratives, and good old fashioned wisdom, Brother Noland shares some of the lessons of aloha he has learned along the way.  His humorous and upbeat style is easy to relate to and his stories will compel you to think about ways to spread aloha in your own life.  In this talk story session, Noland will share his `ohana song “Pa`ani” and also an oli (chant) from his family’s collection.Through aloha, we learn that we are connected to everything in the universe.  Authentic aloha is a reciprocal thing where aloha aku…aloha mai.  Love extends and returns in the same manner as ocean waves.  Brother Noland brings a vast breadth of experience to this workshop on relating to each other with aloha through reconnection with the natural environment.

`Ukulele Workshop – Papalina Lahilahi $20

 Bring your `ukulele and learn Papalina Lahilahi from the master of hula swing!  Brother Noland will give an introduction to musical intelligence and methods of approaching music mathematically, poetically and rhythmically.  For Papalina Lahilahi, he will cover much more than just the words and chords to this classic party hula.  Participants will gain insight into how to infuse spirit and personality into their performance.  The lesson will culminate with a group kanikapila during the Heroic Spirit Concert.  Basic knowledge of `ukulele chords required. 

Hula Workshop – Papalina Lahilahi $20
All levels welcome.  Kumu Hula Malia Helela will teach the hula steps and motions to Papalina Lahilahi.  A must in any hula dancer’s repertoire, this is one of the classic party hula songs that most musicians are guaranteed to play.  Class will begin with basic steps and a warm up.  Then we will delve into the meaning of each verse so that dancers can express themselves with great enthusiasm!

Heroic Spirit Concert by Brother Noland

7:00 – 9:00 pm


It takes a strong spirit to practice aloha in this day and age.  Experience how Brother Noland puts his lessons aloha into practice through music.  Students in the `ukulele and hula classes will have the chance to perform live during the concert.  This promises to be an unforgettable evening of music and dance!

Brother Noland , master slack guitarist,will bring his Lessons of Aloha to life in a concert celebrating peace, comfort, love, nurturing, fun and humor.  Some lessons are expressed best through music because it is a universal language that most everyone can relate to. Check out his music on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mV7nhpJt1iQ

Music is the thread that has always run through and held Brother Noland‘s life together. He was born and raised in Kalihi-Palama, one of Hawaii’s economically poorest neighborhoods. He found his way out through his art and culture and now helps at risk youth define their choices and make a quality connection to the community. His music always carries a message of positive reflection, even though they are rooted in the reality we live in today. Another aspect of Noland’s life is his involvement with The Tracking Project. Founded as a non-profit organization in 1986 by John Stokes, The Tracking Project (TTP), has worked with community educators and Native elders from around the world to design a series of teachings which connect individuals directly to the natural world. Discovering and identifying this part of his life has awakened parts of his spirit that again enhance his musical creativity.

Aerial Yoga & NEW Aerial Conditioning & Dance: More classes added!

We are excited to be offering Aerial Yoga and Aerial Silks at the Center.

Due to popular demand, we have added more classes. Currently our schedule is:


Tuesdays 5:30 – 6:45 pm with Wendi Lynch

Wednesdays 12:00 – 1:00 pm with Wendi Lynch

Thursdays 7:00 – 8:30 pm with Wendi Lynch


Monday & Wednesdays: 7:00 – 8:30 pm


Wednesdays 5:30 -6;45 pm

 Aerial Fitness with Jessica Walz

Monday 4:30-5:30 pm

Aerial Fusion with Jessica Walz

Saturday 9:15 – 10:45 am

Aerial Dance with Silks SERIES with Chandra Miars

Sunday 10:30 -11:30 am

Children 7 yrs + 5 Student Maximum

Adults 16 yrs + Sundays 11:45am -1:00 pm DETAILS BELOW

An introductory class will be held Sunday, February 12 for $15

Learn to dance in vertical space with the aerial technique. This 6 week session of Sunday classes will introduce you to the basic foundation of aerial dance skills, including climbing the silks, creating lock positions and holding poses. Students will learn to develop their inner strength and focus as they improve their coordination, strength, and flexibility. All Series students are invited to participate in the Still & Moving Center’s performance showcase on April 15, 2012, to share their learned skills in an aerial dance performance piece..

Six Week Series dates are: Feb 19, 26, Mar 4, 11, 25 and Apr 1. Dress Rehearsal will be on Sat afternoon, Apr 14.

Class price is $149

FOR ADULTS 16 yrs +

  Six Week Series: Feb 19, 26, Mar 4, 11, 25 and Apr 1

Series class price is $165 general

 $135 university/college students

  9 student maximum

This dynamic class includes 3 aspects of aerial work:  Skills, Conditioning & Yoga.  Aerial Skills with the higher ceiling involves climbing and learning to create simple lock poses on free-hanging silks.  Aerial Conditioning uses the silk apparatus – sometimes in contact with the floor, sometimes in the air – for strengthening exercises, supplemented by the use of exercise balls.  Once the silk fabric is knotted to form a hammock, Aerial Yoga gives the opportunity for deep, supported stretching, sometimes touching the floor, sometimes suspended.  This is a small class with plenty of personal attention and coaching.  A fabulous, unique workout with restful, rejuvenating closure.

Chandra comes to Still & Moving Center as a highly qualified artist, athlete, performer and teacher. Dancing professionally for IONA Contemporary Dance Theater for the last 11 years, while performing and teaching for the Samadhi Hawaii aerial studio for the last 6 years, Chandra is a consummate practitioner of meditative movement. In addition to aerial work and butoh, Chandra’s background includes ballet, jazz, tap, modern dance, hula, Pilates and yoga.