Silicon Valley Down Syndrome Network

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    • 17 Sep 2022
    • 8 Oct 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • Mountain View Buddhist Temple, 575 N. Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View, CA. 94043
    • 0
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    SVDSN Fall II Taiko Classes

    4 Saturdays from 10:30-11:30 am: 

    September 17 and 24, October 1 and 8, 2022

    Starting on Saturday, September 17, SVDSN will be holding a series of 4 taiko classes for vaccinated self advocates, ages 12 and up. We have been holding outdoor taiko classes for a year now, and we are pleased to continue with our OT taiko instructor, Sydney Shiroyama, for SVDSN. 

    In these classes, self-advocates learn ensemble Japanese drumming. While taiko, the drum, has long existed in Japanese traditions, the ensemble style of taiko, a.k.a. kumidaiko, we play in North America only developed in Japan in the 1950's! This relatively new style of taiko evokes excitement and a celebratory atmosphere and is found in many festivals in Japan. In America, taiko was nurtured by the Japanese American communities during the Asian American civil rights movement in the 1960's and 1970's, and had particularly strong roots in Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Churches (Buddhist Churches of America). As a result, taiko gained visibility and popularity as a vibrant performing art, inspiring groups to form across the U.S. in diverse communities, schools, and colleges, and even in Europe and South America. Taiko is an art form that lends itself to inclusivity and unity-- it gives everyone a voice and the opportunity to be heard. SVDSN is excited to be partnering with TaikoPeace, the Mountain View Buddhist Temple, and Sydney Shiroyama to bring taiko to our families. 

    In this series of 4 classes, Sydney and her instruction team will be working with self advocates, teaching them the foundations and fundamentals of taiko playing and performance. The students will continue learning "Matsuri," a taiko piece that is a part of the regular repertoire of nearly all taiko groups and one of the first pieces a player learns to perform. We will use the standard "kuchi-shoga" method that taiko players use to teach pieces to one another, chanting the drumming patterns out loud as they are learning to physically drum the movements, using words or sounds that are assigned to certain movements and rhythms. We will introduce students to foundational movements and phrases that frequently appear in other pieces. Students will also have opportunities to work on performance skills and showmanship as some exercises around improvisation and solo work will be incorporated into the classes. 

    Because the classes are sequential and will build on the material and techniques learned the previous session, we ask that the self advocate attend all 3 classes. (Exceptions may be made if 1 of the 4 classes needs to be missed. Please let us know when you register.) Students new to taiko are welcome to join if they are able to commit to the classes. 

    We are looking into some performance opportunities later in 2022, including the SVDSN BuddyWalk. These will be open to participants who are enrolled in both of the 2 fall sessions. (In addition to the 4 class sessions, please plan to attend the  performance on October 15.) Details will be provided to registered families. 

    SVDSN will follow the same protocols developed during the 2021 summer inclusive workshops and used during classes last year to keep our community safe: 

    • The instruction team and any volunteers are fully vaccinated and will wear masks. 
    • The instructor may switch to a face shield while giving active instruction to provide visual cues to the participants. Social distancing will be expected while the instructor is wearing a face shield.  
    • All participants are fully vaccinated, boosted, if eligible, and will wear a mask. (If the self advocate is unable to wear a mask, please let us know.) 
    • Drums will be socially distanced. 
    • Classes will be held outdoors. 
    • No food is permitted during class. (Water is permitted as we will take water breaks during class.) 
    • A fully-vaccinated adult must check in the self advocate at the start of class and must be available by phone if not staying on premises while class is in session. 
    • An online health check form needs to be completed before each class by all individuals who are on site. 

    Please note that our host location, Mountain View Buddhist Temple, is holding limited in-person activities, so we will see more people on site. We follow their in-person activity protocols. We will continue to monitor state, county, and local host venue guidelines throughout the class series and adjust as needed. Thank you for your understanding as we continue to keep our community safe! 

    Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions, but we hope to see you at taiko! 

    Dates: Saturdays, September 17 and 24, October 1 and 8, 2022 with a performance on October 15, 2022

    Time: 10:30-11:30am PT

    Location: Mountain View Buddhist Temple (outdoors), 575 N. Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View 

    Cost: $20/class for SVDSN members* ($80 for 4 classes); $30/class for non-SVDSN members ($120 for 4 classes) 

    *Note: scholarships are available to SVDSN families; signing up to join SVDSN is free! Please email with your request.

    • 23 Oct 2022
    • 30 Oct 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • 528 Sunnymount avenue Sunnyvale CA 94087

    Yoga with Aurélie 

    2 classes: Sunday October 23rd and 30th

    Price is per pair: child with DS + accompanying  adult 

    Class is at 11am and lasts 1hr

    Open to all ages 

    A: MEMBER SVDSN  $23


    Class is hosted by Françoise, outside on the deck, rainy day inside.

    Bring yoga mat or towel, sunscreen (if wanted) and water bottle.

    Yoga with Aurélie

Past events

17 Sep 2022 Moms Night Yoga and Potluck
11 Sep 2022 Yoga with Aurélie September 2022
14 Aug 2022 Yoga with Aurélie August 2022
13 Aug 2022 SVDSN Fall I Taiko Series
30 Jul 2022 SVDSN Summer Taiko Workshop in Mountain View
9 Jul 2022 SVDSN Summer Family Taiko Workshop in Mountain View
25 Jun 2022 SVDSN Summer Taiko Workshop in Palo Alto
4 Jun 2022 Yoga with Aurélie June 4th @ 11am
4 Jun 2022 Yoga with Aurélie June 4th @10am
15 May 2022 Yoga with Aurélie
7 May 2022 SVDSN Spring I Taiko Series
21 Apr 2022 Online Dance Class by Kidz Groove
19 Mar 2022 World Down Syndrome Day Celebration
26 Feb 2022 SVDSN Winter I Taiko Series
7 Nov 2021 SVDSN Fall II Taiko Class
19 Sep 2021 SVDSN Fall Taiko Class
21 Aug 2021 Inclusive Outdoor Taiko Class- August 21
7 Aug 2021 Inclusive Outdoor Taiko Class- August 7
24 Jul 2021 Inclusive Outdoor Taiko Class- July 24
17 Jul 2021 SVDSN Homeschool Club
14 Jul 2021 SVDSN Roundtable
7 Apr 2021 Parent Education Support Meeting
7 Mar 2021 Ready or Not Transition to Adulthood Group Meeting
3 Mar 2021 Parent Education Support Meeting
21 Feb 2021 Ready or Not Transition to Adulthood Group Meeting
6 Feb 2021 Parent Sharing - Toilet Training
31 Jan 2021 Parent Sharing IEP's session b
7 Jun 2020 Ready or Not Transition to Adulthood Group Meeting
3 May 2020 Ready or Not Transition to Adulthood Group Meeting
5 Apr 2020 Ready or Not Transition to Adulthood Group Meeting
1 Mar 2020 Ready or Not Transition to Adulthood Group Meeting
5 Feb 2020 SVDSN Board information Evening
13 Jul 2019 SVDSN and The Matthew Foundation Present Dr. Brian Chicoine
15 Jun 2019 Mental Health of individuals with Down syndrome
20 Oct 2018 14th Annual Bay Area Buddy Walk
12 May 2018 SVDSN Bowling Activity
5 May 2018 Operation House Call
22 Apr 2018 Animal Assisted Happiness Visit
24 Mar 2018 SVDSN Spring Social 2018

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