More from the Awa Odori in Tokushima.
There are several well-known dance troupes such as the Ahou-Ren (阿呆連) and many amateur troupes, such as from a company, college, or neighborhood. The gap between the well-known troupes and amateur groups is wide. The well-known troupes are almost “professional” dedicating extreme hours of practice and some tour the country. On the last night of the festival in the last grandstand performance, all the “well-known” troupes gather for a finale.