Performing artist returns from Hollywood to give workshops this month

Pogo Saito is pictured at the microphone.

ONTARIO — Ontario-born choreographer, actor, designer, writer and art director Pogo Saito, having established a thriving career in Hollywood, has returned to her hometown to teach workshops this December at Balance Yoga Studio.

Fun Focus is a six-week workshop program for teens beginning Friday and running from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. This workshiop uses music, movement and theater games to help young people find body awareness and focusing tools to assist them in classes and with homework in a fun creative play environment. The technique was developed at the behest of high school teachers and has seen years of success in helping teens learn to self monitor and become more aware of how to find their own mental/physical connection to keep attentive and focused.

Tuition for this workshop is $60 for the full six weeks.

Sound Bath meditation will be presented from 1 to 2 p.m. Dec. 22. Sound Bath meditations use the vibration from Tibetan Singing bowls, tongue and groove drums, tuning forks and other vibrational percussive instruments to aid in relaxation and healing. The activity is targeted primarily for adults, but teens and older children can benefit from it as well.

Admission is $8.

About Saito

Workshop director Pogo Saito was born in Ontario and raised in Boise and Nyssa, an alumna of Nyssa High School. She graduated from Southern Oregon University (Ashland). She received three Pacificus Foundation Honors for playwriting poetry, and short story writing. The Los Angeles Times called her work “evocative and elegant.” The Seattle Times called her “a gifted physical actor.”

She has performed in and designed workshops for Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Japanese American National Museum, Getty Center, Seattle Repertory Theater, Seattle Group Theater, Seattle Public Theater and Seattle Children’s Museum.

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