I never thought yosakoi would be so physically demanding! However, the dance is enough to work up a sweat, and at least as much strain on the knees as running. But it is exhilirating to finally master the moves...although I think it will be quite a while before I'm ready to join the rest of the group in any public performance.
The song we're dancing to now is called soran-bushi. It's so energetic and fun...I'm looking forward to the Japanese festival we'll be having on campus in the spring...maybe by then I'll be ready to perform!
The photos are of the elites practising a dance called Soul of Toppuu. They'll be performing it this coming weekend at a nearby Japanese festival - performance complete with costumes and makeup.