KSU Yosakoi Reunion/Finale

29 09 2015

KSU Japanese Yosakoi Dance Club is scheduled to perform at the 2015 Greater Kansas City Japan Festival on Saturday, Oct 3, 2015. Invited and performing are some past members of Yosakoi since the club was founded by Seiki Ikeda in the spring of 2015. This performance will be our 10 year reunion and finale. Please come and join us in our celebration!2007-kc_japanfestival 2007-hokkaido-group

KSU International Talent Show Spring 2014

29 09 2015

Yosakoi added a little flare to their usual routine by performing without lights, using purple glow sticks! In some ways, using glow sticks was challenging, in the timing was important to make a grand impression. Mistakes were obvious! Still, we enjoyed the change and performed once more with red glow sticks at the Greater Kansas City Japan Festival in October, 2014. Intl Talent Show Shachihoko with Glow Lights 041114 Intl Talent Show Shachihoko w Glowlights 2014

Homecoming Week October 2013

3 09 2015

Chalk 102013Following the GKCJF, Yosakoi participated in the Homecoming Week festivities. Here we won 1st place in Sidewalk chalking. The theme celebrated the 150th anniversary of Kansas State.


Paint the Ville 2013 updateWe also placed with our entry in Paint the Ville on the window of Varney’s in Aggieville.

Greater Kansas City Japan Festival 2013

3 09 2015

GKCJF 2013 Group CrazyOur usual stint at the GKCJF was lots of fun.  GKCJF is one of the largest Japanese festivals in the midwest.  We performed Yocchore, Samurai and Soran Illusion.

GKCJF Finale

11 10 2011


New to the Japan Festival in 2011 was the Grand Finale, where the performers were showcased. All the performers had an opportunity to take a “final” bow. Yosakoi was the first group featured. We were asked to dance in through the side entrance, through the aisles and then onto the stage, dancing to the beat of Taiko drummers! Micah is holding a banner provided by GKCJF on which was written “Yosakoi”.

More on GKCJF

11 10 2011

After the performance in Yardley Hall. Relaxed and relieved! We were well received and all is well! In the back –David Smith (pumped up), Micah Weltsch; Middle row–Kayla Dieker, Christine Kim, Julie Leon, Ryan Cloyd.  Front row–Abby Sarvis, Maia Williams, Barbara Johnson,  Yichao (Katherine) Zhang. Great job everyone!

Greater Kansas City Japan Festival 2011

10 10 2011

KSU Yosakoi performed again at the Greater Kansas City Japan Festival on Sept 24, at the Johnson County Community College. Here we are performing Soran Bushi, one of the more traditional Yosakoi Dances. We also performed Samurai and Gakko You Kyozai. We all had a great time and were able to enjoy other activities at the festival, including new to this year’s festival, Sumo. Imagine a 600+ lb Japanese sumo wrestler, apparently the heaviest ever in Japan!