Under the tutorage of Mary Mariko Ohno since 2009, Jennifer Dowling was granted her dancing stage name, Hanaka, and debuted onstage at the Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom festival) at the Seattle Center in 2011. Since then, she has been part of the Kabuki Academy's performing troupe, bringing Nihon Buyoo ニホン ブヨオ dancing to festivals, events and private parties all over the Northwest and to Santa Fe, NM. Hanaka has recently relocated and is now offering the Nihon Buyoo dancing experience to Western Pennsylvania, Ohio and nearby locales. She aspires to take her shiken (test) in hopes to be awarded natori ナトリ status in the near future.
And Mary Ohno
Mary Mariko Ohno opened Kabuki Academy in the Pacific Northwest in 1983 to instruct interested and talented students in classical Japanese dancing, Naga-Uta shamisen music, singing techniques and the general concepts of kabuki theater arts. Kabuki Academy's dance style is of the 花柳流, Hanyagi School, which is one of the most popular dancing schools in Japan. Mary Ohno earned her professional dancing licence and it's title of Hanayagi Fumiryu in July 1966.
Hanaka is available for performances for festivals, parties, events and exhibitions.Be sure to include Time and date needed, and a description on where the performance will be.