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Performances & Lecture Demonstrations

Matsuri Taiko

A live performance for festivals, conferences or corporate events.

$600 for 30 minutes

(Requires a minimum performance space of 20 feet by 30 feet.)

This dynamic, 30-45-minute show is designed to captivate, engage and inspire audiences of all ages. Suitable for informal settings and outdoor arenas, this performance shares the joy, energy and rhythms of taiko with improvised songs and audience interaction.

Taiko Talk

A lecture and demonstration for schools and organizations.

$600 for 30 minutes

Designed for K-12 schools, universities or community groups, this 30-45-minute presentation uses interactive performances and discussion to educate audiences of all sizes. The basic elements of taiko are demonstrated within a framework that highlights Japanese philosophy, history and culture. Audience members are given an opportunity to participate from their seats and onstage.

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Outreach Classes

Fort Wayne Taiko classes can be customized for children, adults, seniors or individuals with special needs. Class size, duration, frequency and location vary, depending on the goals of the class. Contact the Fort Wayne Dance Collective to learn about current classes, discuss options or plan your customized taiko class.

Off-Site Beginning Classes

$80 an hour

Age-appropriate beginning classes teach taiko basics like stance, grip, strike, movement, form, voice and musicality. Simple taiko language is introduced alongside concepts like “tracking” and “anchoring.” Students learn songs and participate in improvisational activities that teach these skills and build confidence – while fostering an appreciation for taiko history, culture and etiquette.

Off-site Intermediate Classes

$80 an hour

Our intermediate classes incorporate advanced drills, songs and activities to reinforce taiko basics and develop skills and musicality. Students are taught the stance and form to play the drum in different positions. Improvisational rhythms, movements and voice are used to inspire solo and group compositions and choreography. Students are exposed to a library of age-appropriate taiko books, websites and resources – and each student is encouraged to pursue independent study.

To schedule a performance, class or workshop, contact the Fort Wayne Dance Collective. Educational performances may also be booked at Arts4Learning.org.



On-site Classes

Fort Wayne Taiko offers many classes at the Fort Wayne Dance Collective ranging from 8 years-adults. For more information about classes, or to register contact the Fort Wayne Dance Collective by calling 260.424. 6574.

Youth Taiko (Ages 8+)

Thursday- 4:30-5:30 pm Cost: $135 for 14-week Fall semester, $75 for 7-week session or $12 drop-in

Adult Beginning Taiko

Thursday- 5:30-6:30 pm Cost: $135 for 14-week Fall semester, $75 for 7-week session or $12 drop-in

Adult Continuing Taiko (Invitation only, please contact FWDC for more information.)

Friday-4-6 pm Cost: $145 for 14-week Fall semester, $80 for 7-week session or $12 drop-in