The Kyo odori is the annual spring dance from the Kyoto geisha district Miyagawa-cho and runs in early April for about two weeks. The dates change each year so check with the official website before making plans.
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The Kyo odori was first performed in 1950 at the Miyagawa-cho Kaburen-jo Theater. After the fifth performance the stage was moved to the Minami-za Theater, but with the completion of a new Miyagawa-cho Kaburen-jo Theater in 1969, the dance returned to its original location. 
Structure of the Kyo Odori
The Kyo Odori has usually seven scenes.
The Miyagawa-cho Ondo song and dance is the finale act where all the performers join each other on stage for the last dance.
Each year for this act the geiko will wear either a blue kimono with peony design or a yellow kimono with iris.
Miyagawa Ondo in the Umemoto style. From Komomo’s book apparently. <<<< Need checking on that but I don't have my book...
Cost of Tickets and Location
First class seat and tea ceremony : ¥4500
First class seat only: ¥4000
Second class seat and tea ceremony: ¥2500
Second class seat only: ¥2000
Tea ceremony only: ¥500
Performance times: 12.30, 14.30, 16.30 pm daily, lasting 1 hour each.
Costumes and Hairstyles
Odori Programs and Posters
Miyagawa-cho seems to make two posters for the Kyo Odori. For one poster two senior maiko are chosen to model for the poster advertising the dance, whilst the second poster usually features a small group (three or four) of maiko of varying ranks.
Kyo Odori Program Covers
The different styles of cover art for the Kyo Odori change throughout the years, here are a small example.
View the entire gallery of Kyo Odori Program Covers.
All other photos used with the permission of Jacqueline Waide.
Authors and Contributors
Jaki-san (IG Username)