These classes are offered on a limited basis and by demand. Please email Karen at Karen@TheGenkiSpark.org to be notified when these programs are available or if you are interested in sponsoring a custom made class based on the needs of your group.
**Special Class for 50+ Women**
Molly Kitajima started playing taiko at age 64 and still plays taiko at age 85
Don't let AGE limit you.
Open to ALL women ages 50 and up.
Everyone can enjoy taiko. Everyone gets to try.
Come try this one time class with other women who are eager to play taiko but might feel shy in an all ages class. Strengthen your body, focus your mind, and try rhythm games and exercises.
'I think taiko makes me feel more alive!'
Genki Super Camp for Asian young women and girls
As Asian females we've all encountered the stereotype that we should be quiet, small, shy, obedient, passive - delicate, pretty flowers ... well, bust out of that box and enroll in GENKI SUPER CAMP for Asian young women and girls. Come gather with other Asian teens to develop your GENKI GIRL POWER (GENKI in Japanese means, healthy, happy, full of life) with Japanese taiko drumming.
Join other like minded teens and develop your confidence, creativity, and strength in a warm, welcoming, supportive environment. Discuss issues relevant to others growing up young, female, and Asian during 'Girl Talk' time.
Using hands-on experiential team building exercises, discussion, games, and the art of Japanese taiko drumming, we will:
-- learn the history of this dynamic art form,
-- push ourselves physically, with conditioning and strengthening exercises,
-- explore our creativity and voice,
-- get to know others and find out what we share in common,
-- challenge where we feel shy,
-- learn how to cheer for and support each other.
Take pride in yourself and others -- enroll in GENKI SUPER CAMP!
Cost: TBD based on location (limited partial and full scholarships available.) Cost includes all materials, equipment, and instruction. Wear loose comfortable clothing.
About the facilitator:
Karen Young is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Genki Spark: Taiko Projects with Attitude. With over 20 years of experience in youth development, facilitation, counseling, and performing arts, Karen's current passion lies with using the art of Japanese Taiko Drumming to strengthen the community, connect with others, and bring visibility to issues related to Asian women and girls.