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The Indianapolis Minyo Dancers, Inc. are led by Toshiko Buck. These dances come from all over Japan, and performances range from energetic to somber and slow. Props such as seashell clackers, fans, and cherry blossoms help to express the theme or…

Tamagusuku-ryu Ryubu is a slow, stately performance that is part of Okinawan classical dance. Mineko Grunow teaches a group of Okinawan Americans how to perform the dance, and creates some of the elaborate costumes that dancers typically wear.

Mineko Grunow tells TAI fieldworker Kate Schramm about a traditional Okinawan dance, eisa. Eisa is done with taiko drums and chanting. Mineko not only teaches eisa, she also creates costumes for the dance.

Mineko demonstrates a dance with a fan while others watch.

Hiroko's feet practice steps.

Mineko gives instruction on posture while moving.

Ryubu practice in the mirror (Seiji runs in halfway through).

Mineko demonstrates dance steps.

Ryubu step practice.

Dancing with uchiwa fans.