Introduction to Taiko Japanese Drumming Class

         Albuquerque, NM, March 10, 2014:  A 1 ½ hour “Introduction to Taiko Japanese Drumming” class will be offered on Monday March 10th from 7:30 to 9 pm.  No previous music/drumming experience necessary.  This hands on workshop costs only $5 and drums are provided.  The Taiko dojo is located at 9911 Southern SE (near Eubank & Central).  Taiko is a high-energy blend of martial arts choreography and synchronized drumming which dates back over 2,000 years.  Taiko simply means “great drum” in Japanese and has taken on the meaning of the art form.  For more information or to sign up for the class, email or call (505) 294-6993.  Please register by March 5th.

This class is great for a person interested in finding out more about taiko, how to get started in the art form or someone who just appreciates the art form.  The class will give an overview of basic taiko knowledge including taiko history, terminology, and basic drum info as well as introduce basic taiko stances, movement, kata and kihon.  Students will also enjoy hands on experience with the drums.         Taiko is great for creative expression, group cooperation, building self-esteem, cultural awareness, and improving physical fitness.

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Instructor Biography

ANITA LEE GALLEGOS has studied Taiko for 15 years and has had the great opportunity to train & perform with professional Taiko drummers from Japan and the United States.  She teaches beginning taiko class for kids, youth, and adults in addition to leading BK Taiko’s performing group.