Learning New Choreography Skills
This month, we welcomed accomplished taiko performer, composer and choreographer Kris Bergstrom for two days of workshops. A founding member of one of our favorite groups, On Ensemble
, as well as the Los Angeles Taiko Institute
, Kris is especially known for his creative choreography on naname
, or slant-style, taiko and our time with Kris focused on using this style to create more dramatic movements. The experience was challenging to both the brain and the body, but in the end we came out with a lot of new techniques to add purpose and excitement to our choreography, both as an ensemble and in our solos.
Performing member Jack Glennon was was also impressed to meet a fellow tall taiko player! After years of feeling "too tall" for taiko, Jack got some great tips on how to open up and use his height to his advantage, resulting in more dramatic movements during solos sure to impress the audience.
We're always grateful when a professional taiko player joins us to share tips and experiences, and our time with Kris was no exception! We had a great time learning from Kris and are excited to show off our new skills at upcoming shows.
Learn to Play Taiko
Our spring session is about to begin! Our Adult class is suited for both beginners as well as players who have some experience but can't devote 10+ hours per week to taiko. Learn the basics of sticking, kata
(form), movement, theory, and rhythms of taiko. By the end of the 10-week session, you will also have learned a piece to play. Classes meet weekly at our practice studio, beginning in April. Visit stltaiko.com
for more information and to sign up.