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Brief Introduction to Butoh Dance

June 7 @ 4:30 pm 6:00 pm

Date: Friday, June 7th
 4:30 – 6:00 PM
 Nao Kobayashi
Location: Room 213, Dance Studio
Adults, 18+
Skill Level:
 All Levels
Sliding Scale:
 $15 / $30 / $45

About the class

Join Nao Kobayashi, winner of Trashion Fashion 2024’s Most Theatrical award, for her first movement workshop at the Sonoma Community Center.

Dance happens when a dancer becomes a phenomenon between light and darkness. This class introduces the basic movement and posture of Butoh, with easy warmups, partner and group exercises, and movement through images. No dance experience required and open to all levels. Be prepared to move your body and be on the floor without shoes. This class is also designed for people interested in joining the July 4th Parade with Sonoma Procession Project.

What is Butoh? The genre Butoh emerged in the late 1950s in Japan by two dancers, Hijikata Tatsumi and Ohno Kazuo, as a new, unique form of expression, as a counterculture from Eastern tradition and Western styles. Its unique choreographic vocabulary is called Butoh-fu, written notations of qualia to help dancers to transform into other states of being.

Please share any special considerations (medical, physical, learning) that will help your instructor make your class accessible and accommodating for you. You can share these considerations when registering or by emailing Sean at

When you register for a class, you’ll be offered three price tiers. The middle tier comes closest to what our registration fees used to be, and covers about 50% of the full cost of your participation in the class – with the other 50% covered by community donations. The first tier creates accessibility for people with limited income, while the third tier covers the full cost of participation – so that we can use community donations to support other people’s registration costs. When you choose to register at the third tier, you directly help support the Center’s efforts to remove financial barriers for others.

The Sonoma Community Center (the Center) strives to create an inclusive, safe community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. The Center is committed to creating such an environment because it brings out the fullest potential in each of us, which, in turn, contributes directly to creating a community of belonging. In order to ensure a positive, safe, and welcoming experience for everyone, all program participants are asked to abide by the following policies, community agreements, and restorative safety protocol.

About the instructor

Nao Kobayashi

Instructor / Artist

Nao Kobayashi has been exploring the depth of the body through expressional and contemplative martial art Shintaido, Japanese contemporary dance Butoh, and improvisation for the past 20 years. She approaches the body as a place where the mind meets, and searches for harmony in between. With her somatic understandings she creates interdisciplinary art projects with independent artists,
musicians, improvisers and performers. She keeps expanding ideas to cross borders and nurture culture with creative solutions.

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