Chuo’s street dance circle NAOKAN aims to become No. 1




Members of Naokan pose at the Chuo Tama campus.
Members of Naokan pose at the Chuo Tama campus.

Do you know Chuo University’s street dance circle called NAOKAN? It is so popular among students that it draws a big audience each time it performs at the school’s annual festival in the autumn. Street dance literally means dancing in open spaces such as streets. It includes hip hop and break among others.



NAOKAN is a large student club consisting of some 200 members ranging from first to fourth graders. As such, its members are diversified in their orientation toward dancing. But they have a good environment where they can practice in keeping with their own pace.



Making its debut in 1999, NAOKAN was named after its founder. It is made up of eight groups each specializing in lock, house, jazz, waack, girls and pop on top of hip hop and break. Each group has its leader called “komacho”.



NAOKAN is now preparing to take part in the Japan Dancers Championship (JDC) scheduled for February 16 at Zepp DiverCity shopping mall in Tokyo’s Koto Ward. First held in February 2915, JDC is an annual competition of college dance circles across Japan, a major intercollegiate event that attracts more than 2,000 audiences each time.

このNAOKANが来年2月16日、東京都江東区のショッピングモール「Zepp DiverCity」で開催される日本ダンサーズ選手権大会(略称JDC)に出場する。JDCは2015年2月に初めて開かれた大学ダンス・サークル日本一を決める大会だ。例年2000人以上の観客が集まる大きなイベントだ。


After having been lackluster in the past two championships, NAOKAN is now practicing intensively in a bid to grab its first title. Lee Jong Min, a Faculty of Commerce second grader and representative of the club, told Hakumon Herald, “I think the upcoming championship is very much important for all of us incumbent club members. So we are committed to work as hard as possible. We will make no compromise and just do our utmost to win the championship this year.”

NAOKANは過去2回の大会であまり良い成績を残しておらず、初優勝を目指して猛練習を重ねている。NAOKAN代表の李 鍾民(商学部2)さんは、「今回のJDCは、私たちの代にとって大変重要なものになると思います。部員たちは充実した練習をするよう心がけています。妥協はせず、こだわりを持って優勝に挑戦します」と、大会への意気込みを語った。


If you are interested in street dance, why don’t you come and pep them up?

(Written by: Daichi Tsutsui)





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