Remember when I found out that Koyō had once worn my maiko hikizuri? Well, the owner of those photos, emusing-emma was kind enough to upload the video she took of Koyō and Wakana dancing! It’s pretty short (only 7 seconds long), but I finally get to see my hiki in action!
You can view the video here
You can tell from the clip and the photos that they are dancing the “Gion Kouta”, which is a traditional dance about how much the singer loves Gion maiko. (You can read the lyrics and translation at this site) The woman you can hear vocalizing the lyrics in the background is most likely a jikata geiko, and she is singing in a special stylized manner. (Which is why it might sound strange at first.)
Each district has its own way of dancing Gion Kouta…maiko in Miyagawa-cho dance it differently than those in Gion Kobu, for example. Koyō and Wakana are both from Gion Kobu, so the style in which they are dancing it is known as “Kyomai”, or “Kyoto-style.” This particular style of dance is characterized by its subtle, minimalistic movements. I think it adds a certain grace, although I also enjoy dances with more flair.