The Art of Ryukyu Dance

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In this week’s episode, Russian model & dancer Maria learns the traditional Okinawan art of Ryukyu dance. She then helps us learn the steps, before we are dressed in royal Bingata kimonos to preform our dance for the boys at the top of Nakagusuku Castle at sunset.

No pressure.

As you will see, I am not the best dancer, and Keiko Sensei has to literally move me into position, haha.

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The process of getting made-up was also pretty intense.

With a pale base, a bright pink blush that covers the entire sides of the face and a vibrant red lip paint–we definitely looked the part. Since my hair was so much longer than everyone else’s, they decided to do it up in the actual traditional style of a dancer (the other girls has a quick bun).

This called for many Ryukyu selfies.

I’m still not certain on the price of our kimonos.. first we were told $1 millions, then we heard $10k.. either way, they were incredibly valuable and we had people following us around to make sure that they didn’t touch the ground.

I had to assume that I was probably the only tattooed person to ever wear them :p

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Overall, it was a pretty amazing experience, and will certainly be a good story to tell later in life.

I may never get the dance down pat, but at least I can always watch the episode..

 

 Episode 6:

Here are some of my photos from the experience:

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The girls walking to the top of the castle for the performance

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Maria in make-up

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Emma getting ready

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Marine in the make-up seat

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Learning at the dance dojo

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Maria dancing in the streets of Naha

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Nakagasuku Castle

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Special dancing socks

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Sunset from the castle

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Maria modelling on the beach

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Sunset selfie with a Shogen photobomber :p

 

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2 Responses to “The Art of Ryukyu Dance”

  1. Adriane
    October 20, 2014 at 5:03 pm #

    You guys are so pretty! :-O
    Congratulations on the dance performance! I was very touched watching you and I even felt nervous as if I were dancing too, hahaha!
    My mom is from Okinawa and she performs these dances and I think it’s very difficult, you girls are brave!
    I loved all the pictures, I have been in Naha 3 years ago. I was born and live in Brazil, so I felt an intense emotion to be in Okinawa! 🙂

    • Seattle Dredge
      October 20, 2014 at 6:40 pm #

      Awe, thanks! We were definitely nervous ourselves, it is quite hard to learn so quickly, haha. You’re lucky to have your mom perform for you. I also want to be back in Okinawa–I hope we both get back soon 😀

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