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Jo no Mai (序之舞)

A type of very quiet, elegant dance in Noh often danced by the shites playing beautiful women, tree spirits and old men in sanbanme mono. There are two types of Jo no Mai, performed with either the fue, Kotsuzumi and ōtsuzumi or with the addition of the Taiko. Jo no Mai are similar to Chū no mai in that they are characterized by out-of-time verses at the start of the play. This is referred to as the jo, from which the name is derived. While officially danced in five segments, or go dan, jo no mai may also be danced in three segments, san dan. Shin no jo no mai, an austere dance performed by aged deities, are similar in composition to jo no mai but slightly longer.

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