Fresh from its successful trip to Japan where it performed with the world-famous Tokyo Tensuiren Group, the Saipan Awaodori Team is now accepting new members for the 2013-2014 season.
Sonia Siwa of PDM Promoters, Inc., which essentially bankrolls the group, said registration is currently ongoing for old and new members.
Registration forms are available at the Koblerville Youth Center. It is also the place where the Saipan Awaodori Team practices every Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm.
Children who live far from Koblerville but are interested in becoming a member can go to the Kinpachi Restaurant before practice where transportation is available going to the southern village.
The Saipan Awaodori Team’s first orientation for the 2013-2014 season is on Wednesday, Sept. 11, beginning 3:30pm.
The Saipan Awaodori Team was formed in 2006 and is affiliated with the Tokyo Tensuiren Group. It regularly performs in the local Awaodori Festival in April when the Tokyo Tensuiren Group visits Saipan.
During the local festival the head of the Tokyo Tensuiren Group, rencho Yukihiro Iwanami, gets to choose who among the Saipan Awaodori Team members will join the trip to Japan in July and August for the annual Obon festival.
Like the registration for the Saipan Awaodori Team, the cost for members chosen to go to Japan is free.
For more information about the Saipan Awaodori Team, call Kinpachi Restaurant at 233-7715 and look for either Sonia or Prescy. (Saipan Tribune)