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SUBJECT: Tap dancers from Japan to perform at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute

5/30/2013  3:00:00 PM

Tap dancers from Japan to perform at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
Two performances on Tuesday, June 11 plus workshops on Wednesday, June 12

SEATTLE — Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI) will present the tap dance event Tabi Tama - Snaky Spirit for two performances on Tuesday, June 11, at noon and 7 p.m., in partnership with Budo Dance Theater of Japan. More than 50 dancers will travel to Seattle from Osaka for this family-friendly modern tap-dance play in which Johnny, a gang leader with big dreams, travels through myriad worlds, and on his journey determines what is real and who he really is. This presentation of Kansai Idea Xchange (KIX) is made up of members of Budo Dance Theater and Chojinyobiko Theater Company. Tickets are available at

Written and directed by Majinhunter Mitsurugi, choreographed by Niranjan, and played by a cast of everyday, extraordinary people, Tabi Tama is a play with no boundaries. Niranjan is a Broadway veteran, trained in classical acting and dance, who has been creating theater for over 30 years, the past five of which have been as artistic director of Budo Dance Theater ( in Osaka, Japan. Majinhunter Mitsurugi is one of Japan's most prolific and imaginative playwrights, and the longtime director of the Chojinyobiko Theater Company, which translates as 'Superhumans-in-Training', also in Osaka.

“We’re excited to welcome Tabi Tama and it’s cast of gangsters, goddesses, shoguns, samurai, martians and miracles,” said Jacqueline Moscou, artistic director of LHPAI.

Tap Dancing Workshops will be presented in addition to the performances on Wednesday, June 12. Nirajann of Budo Dance Theatre will lead an old-Broadway-style classic tap dancing class in the spirit of Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Gregory Hines. Classes will be offered for seniors ages 62+ (3 p.m., $5), youth ages 6 to 18 (4:30 p.m., $5), and adults (6 p.m., $7). He’ll explore where tap dancing comes from and what cultural and ethnic energies continue to shape it.

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Instittue (LHPAI)
LHPAI celebrates, nurtures, presents, and preserves African American and Diaspora performing arts, cultural wealth and iconic legacies. Named for the prolific African American artist Langston Hughes, LHPAI represents the pluralism of local, national and global Black people, in the media platforms of film, dance, theatre and music.

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