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Ukulele 101 Online Workshops – January 2021
Jan 16 @ 2:00 pm – Feb 6 @ 3:30 pm

Ukulele 101 Online Workshops for the True Beginner

January 2021
Saturdays, January 16 – February 6, 2021
Instructor: Don Sadler
$90 Center Members, $110 General Public

This four week course via Zoom will cover basic skills starting with how to tune, hold, and strum your ukulele.  Learn chords and techniques that will have you playing and singing in no time!  The class is open to adults, and will prepare budding ukulele players for the Center’s ongoing Intermediate Ukulele class.  All you need is a ukulele!

Zoom meeting login information to be provided upon registering online.

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About Don Sadler

My interest in ʻukulele, Hawaiian music and culture began in the 90ʻs with visits to the islands. I began playing ʻukulele in 2002 and later discovered the ʻukulele classes at JCCCNC where I studied ʻukulele and Hawaiian music for over ten years. During that time I performed with the class at community events and festivals in the Bay Area and Hawaii and filled in as a substitute teacher when needed.

In January of 2013, I accepted the position of instructor for the ʻukulele program. Since then I have enjoyed teaching beginning and advanced ʻukulele classes at the Center and leading the class in performances throughout the Bay Area. I also enjoy teaching my “Ukulele 101” workshops for students just beginning their ʻukulele experience.

While Hawaiian music has remained my passion, I enjoy exploring other styles of music with the ʻukulele, sharing what I have learned with others, and continuing to learn and grow as a musician myself. These are the things that keep me energized and committed to teaching ʻukulele at JCCCNC.

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Virtual Yosakoi Dance Workshop with Berkeley Buddhist Temple
Feb 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Virtual Yosakoi Dance Workshop with Berkeley Buddhist Temple

Sunday, February 28, 2021
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm
Instructor: Ito Yosakoi Dance Group
Fees: Free Admission, advance registration required
Zoom Login Info Provided Upon Registration


Join Ito Yosakoi as we learn yosakoi together online on Zoom. Yosakoi is an energetic dance style from Kochi, Japan, that combines traditional dance movements with modern music. This is co-hosted with the Berkeley Buddhist Temple.

For this workshop, we will learn the beginning parts of  “「HEY ∞ WA!〜 For you and me 〜” or “HeyWa” for short. HeyWa was choreographed by a group called “YOSAKOI 8” and the music was composed by Furachinarhythm. It is a gift to yosakoi lovers around the world so that we don’t lose out to COVID-19 and that we all continue looking forward to a bright new tomorrow. You can preview the dance at

Workshop Instructions

  • Please wear comfortable clothing and have water on hand.
  • Please give yourself enough space to move around.
  • If you are comfortable, please turn on your video, as it is helpful for the instructors to see participants to adjust the class’ pace. If you do not want to turn on your video for any reason, that is okay too.

If you have disabilities or require physical accommodations, or would otherwise like to contact us, please email

About Ito Yosakoi Dance Group:

What is Ito Yosakoi 糸よさこい?

Ito Yosakoi is a community yosakoi dance program of Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) located in San Francisco Japantown. Our name “Ito” (糸 “Thread”) emphasizes the relationships woven together between members of a community.

We welcome all who are willing to learn and open to trying new experiences!

Instagram: @itoyosakoi



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