The Hanayagi Dancing Academy Hawaii Foundation recently announced the promotion of Hanayagi Mitsujyuro (Bryson Teruo Goda) to shihan (master dance instructor).
Goda, 26, is a graduate of McKinley High School and Hawaii Pacific University, where he earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration. He is the youngest child of Ben Goda and the late Linda Goda’s three children. His older brother Brandon is a classical dancer as well, studying with the Onoe Kikunobu Dance Company.
Bryson Goda began studying classical dance at the age of 4 under the instruction of Mitsuaki Hanayagi I. When he was 6, he began taking nagauta shamisen (singing while playing shamisen) lessons from Satoshi Kineya-Sensei.
At the age of 16, Goda began nagauta shamisen training in Japan under the seventh-generation headmaster of the Samon-Kai, Sakichi Kineya. At 17, he studied Nihon buyö (Japanese classical dance) in Tökyö under master instructor Sanichiro Hanayagi. He was granted the name of Sakio Kineya from Nagauta Samon-Kai grand master Sakichi Kineya VII in 2008.
Goda decided to further his dance training, so he began studying in Tökyö with the fourth-generation headmaster of the Hanayagi School of classical Japanese dance, Jusuke Hanayagi, and was granted his natori name of Mitsujyuro Hanayagi in 2011.
During the required three-year waiting period for new natori, Goda studied for the shihan test, which he passed in December 2014 and was granted the status of shihan.
At a recent program at Natsunoya Tea House, Goda performed “Hokushu Sennenno Kotobuki,” one of two classical dances performed for the shihan test because it showcases a variety of complex dance techniques. The dance was composed in 1818 and is performed on a bare stage without any elaborate costumes. It has been designated an auspicious dance for the Hanayagi School of Dance. Goda explained that the song is almost an hour long, but in the interest of time was performing only a portion of it.