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Press Releases (English) April 16, 2015

For Immediate Release

April 16, 2015

Largest “flash mob”dancing party in the history of Chicago
– Awa Odori Chicago seeking participants at Japan Day at Arlington Park in July –

Awa Odori Chicago, will introduce the Japanese folk dance “Awa Odori” to Chicagoans at the Annual Japan Day to be held at Arlington Park International Race Course on July 18th. AOC is seeking to assemble the largest “flash mob” of dancers in the history of Chicago.

For those wishing to join in the festivities, free dance lessons before the event will be given at Mitsuwa Marketplace in Arlington Heights and the private dance studio in Chicago’s West Town Neighborhood. Dance lessons are completely free of charge. All beginners and non-dancers are welcome.

The Awa Odori folk dance dates back to the 16th century and celebrates the Obon season, welcoming the souls of ancestors each July-August. The happy dance that includes men and women, young and old, professionals and first-timers keeps rhythm to the words, “It’s a fool who dances, and a fool who watches! If both are fools, you might as well have fun dancing!” The Awa Odori dance celebration, originating in Tokushima, Japan regularly attract over a million participants, and has expanded worldwide, as far as Paris, and now for the first time, Chicago.

Lesson Locations
Mitsuwa Marketplace: 100 East Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60005
The private dance studio: 755 N. Ashland Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
(the dance studio is on the second floor)
Please visit our website for the lesson schedule.

For information on dates, times and addresses go to:
Phone 847-477-5000 (Atsu Tatsuki)
Facebook: Awa Odori Chicago

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