Classical Japanese Dance group is led by Nancy Teramura Hayata.
The group is available for public or private performances. Audience participation can also be incorporated, as teaching dance movement is truly sharing the beauty of the art. Festival type dances can easily become both an educational and fun experience for elementary school age children as well as adults. Classes are held in Little Tokyo at Centenary United Methodist Church.
From the time that she was walking Nancy was dancing at the Valley Japanese Community Center's annual obon festival. It was the one time every year that she would get to wear a kimono, and dance to the songs that now bring back fond memories of obons of years gone by. At five years of age she began formal dance lessons in Nihon Buyo under the tutelage of the late Madame Fujima Chiseye. This came to be something that she truly enjoyed, and she continued her studies through her junior year in college.
Once her son was in college, she returned to the realm of Japanese dance and studied Minyo (folk) style dance. She has since branched out on her own and is performing and teaching others her self choreographed dances. In this way she has found that she can put her heart and soul into her passion for dance.
In 2014 she had the honor of choreographing and teaching the Nisei Week Court the Japanese Dance that they performed on coronation night. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIYImRixOBw
Nancy continues to perform and loves carrying on the tradition and culture of Japanese dance. Caring is sharing.