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Japanese dance team to perform during activity hour Thursday

A Japanese dance team from Nittai Dai (Nippon Sport Science University) in Tokyo will visit the Old Dominion University campus for a free performance from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 25, in room 1012 of the Batten Arts and Letters Building.

The team, which has traveled to ODU four times over the past 25 years, is back in Hampton Roads for a special appearance as guest international performers at the Spring Rhapsody show March 26 and 27 at Tidewater Community College's Roper Theatre.

The dance team's performance during ODU activity hour on Thursday will include traditional taiko drums, dance and a martial arts demonstration. Members of the dance team, which recently celebrated its 60th years as one of the most recognized collegiate dance clubs in Japan, will also meet with ODU dance students.

Known for its expressive aesthetics in dance, the team incorporates unique cultural interpretations, intertwined with international metaphors, in its performances. Under the direction of Ko Miyake and Ritsuko Kasai, the Nittai Dai dance team has performed in Germany, Australia and Canada.

Kim Baylor, an adjunct faculty member in ODU's human movement sciences department, arranged for the team's visit to campus. For more information call 818-5734.

This article was posted on: March 23, 2010

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