National Folk Dance Federation of Japan, NFDFJ,
is the federation for international and national folk dancers. It is the only one organization authorized by Ministry of Education and Science. NFDFJ was founded in 1956 and now holds some 40,000 members. Its branch offices are located in every prefecture. NFDFJ's main object is to extend international and national folk dances and to carry out related activities. It assists social educational programs on dancing sponsored by local community centers.
International Folk Dance
This category includes all traditional dances outside Japan. We will visit foreign countries, or invite instructors from various countries. Workshops for dancers and for instructors, lectures and Folk Dance Schools (international folk dance course), are held.
Japanese Folk Dance
This category includes many dances which have been danced for long time in Japan. Most of them are danced especially in summer as Bon Dancing.
American Square Dance
This dance was born in the United States of America. The caller speaks the instruction of movements to square sets, consisting of eight members, and dancers walk gaily. Dancers can dance American Square Dance everywhere in the world. Workshops for square dance callers as well as dancers are held.
American Round Dance
This category consists of choreographed dances whose techniques are based on Social Dance. Dancers listen to what cuers say while dancing. Workshops for cuers and dancers are held.
Every dancer will follow the dance in this category in a short instruction. You may be able to choreograph dances to your favorite music or old music. There are national-wide parties and workshops.
to hold each categorical workshops
to produce CDs and videotapes
to publish textbooks
to exchange experience and views with foreign dancers
to dispatch and invite instructors
to foster instructors.
Investigation of Japanese traditional folkdance
is executed by NFDFJ. Many traditional dances are still seen in various locations in Japan. We visit the site where traditional dances are danced so as to record the music and videos, and to study the background of the dances. After the approval of Educational Committee of the Prefectures, we produce cassette tapes or compact discs for distribution. Japanese traditional folkdance workshops, since 1961, invited instructors from local area to learn these dances directly.
Exchange of views and experiences with foreign people
are performed at various occasions. We send our representative to foreign countries or invite foreign groups and instructors to hold workshops and exchange meetings or to assist their performances. Between Finnish Folklore Federation in 1991 and between German Folkdance Federation in 1992 we reached friendship agreement and profound relations were established.
Instructor Qualification Program
has been executed by NFDFJ in order to refine the capability of instructors and to extend the folk dancing. If you graduate Folk Dance School or seminars, you will be able to try the examination for instructors.
After passing the examination, you will apply the qualification through branch offices; you will be able to do activities as a qualified instructor after acceptance of your application at the Central Qualification Committee.
NOTE : This Instructor Qualification Program is executed in Japanese language only.
NFDFJ Branch Offices
are located at every prefecture. Branch offices hold workshops, seminars, folk dance parties or Japanese dance parties. They also provide instructors at the request of local groups or working site. NFDFJ secretariat will inform you the nearest branch office at your request. You may consult branch offices for more information on membership and application procedures.
To be a member of NFDFJ,
1) Request the application form to the NFDFJ secretariat or branch offices.
2) Send the filled application form and annual fee to the secretariat.
3) Your request will be accepted after reaching the application form and annual fee
4) You will receive membership card and seminar attendance notebook.
The Members win receive:
1)"News letter", which will be produced every two months.
2)Membership discount at workshops sponsored by NFDFJ.
3) Membership discount for CDs produced by NFDFJ.
4) The chance to be a qualified instructor.
NOTE: The News Letters and most of books and instruction sheets are written in Japanese language only.