新潟まつりの開幕を盛り上げる大民謡流し、「佐渡おけさ」はもうやってないの？いえいえ、今もやっているんです！かつて「佐渡おけさ」が民謡流しの中心だった時代がありました。踊りが難しいから…と踊る人が年々減少、今では大民謡流しの片隅で、一部の人だけで踊られています。このままでは新潟が世界に誇る文化芸能「佐渡おけさ」が新潟まつりから完全に消え行く運命に！ ぜひこの現状を知っていただき、昔踊った人、踊らなかったけど憧れていた人、踊りたいけど踊る機会のない人、「佐渡おけさ」は知らないけど踊ってみたい人、浴衣を着て夏の夜を満喫したい人。誰でも大歓迎。夢は東京オリンピック2020年民謡流しで、万代橋を「佐渡おけさ」で埋め尽くすこと。まずは今年、一緒に踊って今一度「佐渡おけさ」を盛り上げましょう! ご質問、お問い合わせはこちらのアドレスまで！一緒に踊れるのを楽しみにしています。firstname.lastname@example.orgABOUT US: We… Wanna Dance SADO-OKESA! Why don’t you join us? We are open to everybody!Hi. I am Miho Shimizu, the representative of “Sado-Okesa Odoritai, meaning We… Wanna Dance SADO-OKESA”, who has nothing but a passion to promote this beautiful dance and fascinating song “Sado-Okesa” to the heart and body of the people, no matter who are in Niigata, Japan and the world, I mean Everybody who is interested in this real treasure of Japanese culture, which unfortunately in descending trend. Please give me 5 minutes to tell you why We… Wanna Dance Sado-Okesa.What’s Sado-Okesa? Sado-Okesa is one of the famous traditional folk song & dance that represents Niigata, Japan singing about people’s love and nostalgy toward Sado Island, one hour distance from Niigata Port by Jet Foil and 2.5 hours by Car Ferry. Minyo-Nagashi (Folk Dance Parade) in Niigata-Matsuri (Niigata Summer Festival) is the biggest class of the kind in Japan where app. 15,000 people join and dance in the central of Niigata City in the beginning of August every year. In this parade, Sado-Okesa has been performed as the main folk song & dance since 1956 together with another song & dance called Niigata-Jinku.What is happening with Sado-Okesa? However as time goes by and maybe because of the difficulty or complexity of Sado-Okesa dancing, the population of people or groups who dance Sado-Okesa in the event has been keeping decreasing and decreasing… and finally, it ends up to be a very small group of people dancing in the very end corner of the city while Niigata-Jinku is being danced in the center such as on Bandai Bridge, Niigata’s landmark designated as a Japanese cultural heritage. People even don’t know that Sado-Okesa is still being danced in the event.Why We… Wanna Dance Sado-Okesa? We wanna dance Sado-Okesa to rescue the dance from its extinction crises happening right now, to let people know it is still being danced and to invite them to dance with us so that we can transmit this precious cultural treasure to the generations to come.So… You Wanna Dance Sado-Okesa, too? We are organizing a dancing lesson every month with free of charge for everybody who wants to join. Why don’t you join us and dance Sado-Okesa with us? For information, “Like” us on our FACEBOOK Page! For any questions, please contact us via Message in FB Page or email@example.comThank you for spending your time to read about us and look forward to dancing Sado-Okesa with you soon!