SYK Youth Part 1: A Stockroom Prep Party

Week 1- A Stockroom Prep Party

SYK Youth Dance Group,
Wynonna Ardiansyah,
Twin Cities, MN
Part 1

Hello from everyone here at Sansei Yonsei Kai (SYK)! We are an intergenerational and multicultural Japanese dance group that’s been around for over 40 years and we perform all around the Twin Cities throughout the year. With summer coming we’re excited to start the season off with a bang!

But before we can do that we need to do some preparations first!

After all, every good meal needs some prep time right? Same thing with dancing. We need to get our equipment and dance space in the stockroom all set up for practice.

And right now, well, it kind of looks like this:

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Our dance practices take place in a stockroom, but we can’t dance if it’s full like this!

All of our costumes, decorations and equipment from SYK’s performances at Festival of Nations haven’t been unpacked yet. We just didn’t have the time! There are kimonos, obis, lanterns even shoji screens laying about all over the place. It’s as if a gust of wind came in through the windows and messed up the whole place. And our stockroom doesn’t even have windows!

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One of our youth dancers in the process of folding a kimono

But that’s alright because having all this stuff becomes a great opportunity to orient new dancers into our group! For instance, we went through the process of how to fold different kimonos. After all, taking care of your costumes and equipment is important for everyone, let alone a dancer.

It was a nice, relaxing opportunity for everyone to get to know each other and enjoy each other’s company. This was perfect considering that we had a lot of new, young dancers who were had never been in this space or met the other dancers before. It was a very chill environment, especially considering that we put up music from our previous dances up on the boombox.

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Everyone’s working to get the stockroom cleared up so we can start practicing more next week.

Although we did do a couple of quick run-throughs of dances with the group, it was nothing too intense. Today was just one of those days where the best option was taking it nice and slow. Familiarizing new dancers into the group is a process, one that starts by integrating them into the space, the equipment and each other.

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