PARASOL-Japan:’The Umbrella dance’
Parasol, an asian dance form is Performed on a song called “Mikado”. This umbrella dance is said to have originated from Japan. Apparently, this dance has its root deeply embedded within the theatre arts of Japan. In addition, this dance is mainly performed at spring festivals. Furthermore, it has essentially been derived from a dance tradition followed in Okinawa referred to as “Higasa Odori”.
a. History/origin of the Parasol Dance:
It was during the 18th and 19th century that a dance technique called “Higasa Odori” was developed by a man called Tamagusuku Seiju in the Ryukyuan court in Okinawa in Japan. Furthermore, it was thus using “Higasa Odori” as a template that this dance style was then created.
b. Costumes used in the Parasol Dance:
The costumes worn in this dance style mainly includes a Kimono, parasol (i.e. a Japanese umbrella), and Japanese wooden shoes.
c. Music involved in the Parasol Dance:
The music used in this dance style is a song called “Mikado”.
d. Training availability and technique involved in the Parasol Dance:
In terms of technique, this dance style basically involves performers arranging themselves in a group of four. In addition, the performer is supposed to hold the “parasol” i.e. umbrella in the hand while performing. Furthermore, the hand holding the parasol is positioned at the chest level while dancing to the count of one, two, three, four, and one using a “shuffling” dance step. As for training centres/schools, there are none available around the world since this “umbrella” dance is mainly performed in Japan.