FandangObon 2016!
FandangoObon and the Mottainai Eco-Fest, Oct. 25, 2015
FandangObon 2014



Dan Kwong's solo multi-media performance WHAT? NO PING-PONG BALLS? 2013
May 2013 Nobuko is honored as a KCET Local Hero for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

FandangObon 2016!


FandangoObon and the Mottainai Eco-Fest, Oct. 25, 2015
Join the circle and dance with Quetzal, Nobuko, and special guests Le Ballet Dembaya and Francis & Omowale Awe.

FandangObon 2014
Great Leap and the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center presented the second edition of FandangObon and the Mottainai "Eco" Fest on Sunday, October 26, 2014. The community joined the circle and danced with Quetzal, Nobuko, and Najite!

Visit our Community Engagement page for more details about the story and motivations of this event!




Dan Kwong's solo multi-media performance WHAT? NO PING-PONG BALLS? 2013
"WHAT? NO PING-PONG BALLS?" celebrates the rather unconventional life of Dan's late mother Momo Nagano -- an intelligent, irreverently funny, delightfully eccentric artist who lived way outside the box, especially for a woman of her generation. Hers is an inspiring story of courageous border-crossing, continual self-creation, and the meaning of family.

To find out more, copy and paste web address below:
http://highwaysperformance.org/highways/event/dan-kwong-what-no-ping-pong-balls/

May 2013 Nobuko is honored as a KCET Local Hero for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
We congratulate our Artistic Director and Founder, Nobuko Miyamoto for this recognition. Her work as an artist activist has contributed so much over the years:

Nobuko's experience in the performing arts spans more than 40 years as a dancer, choreographer, actor and composer. She has performed on Broadway and in films such as "King and I" and "West Side Story." She discovered her own voice as an activist and a singer in the 1970s, co-creating the first album of Asian American songs, "A Grain of Sand."

Nobuko founded Great Leap in 1978 to initially serve as a creative voice for the Asian American community. After she witnessed the cultural tension and violence that emerged during the Los Angeles Riots in 1992, she embraced Los Angeles' diverse cultural fabric into Great Leap.

As Artistic Director Nobuko has created scores for theater, dance and solo albums. She has taught and led workshops at many universities, including UCLA and Columbia University Teachers College. In 2006, she received the California Arts Council Director's Award, and in 2003, she won the Ford Foundation's Leadership for a Changing World award.

Click on link below to read more on KCET website:
Link: http://www.kcet.org/socal/local_heroes/apahm/local-hero-nobuko-miyamoto.html

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