Grace Lee’s In-depth
Hello! This is Grace Lee and for the last few months, I have been learning about Traditional Korean dances, focusing on Korean Fan-dancing. I chose this topic to experience new types of dance and to explore my own culture. One of the major goals I had before starting my in-depth was to improve my self-confidence. At the beginning of in-depth, I struggled to find a mentor and a topic to pursue but we soon found a skilled mentor who was extremely passionate about teaching. Miho was my mentor for in-depth and here are some things that she taught me.
There are many different traditional Korean dances. For example, there is salpoori dance which was the type of dance I was going to learn during the planning stage. Looking at different types of traditional Korean dances, I think traditional Korean dances are one of the dances with the most beautiful gestures. The body movements are very delicate and elegant, even small movements like breathing and the movement of the fingertips. When I watch traditional Korean dances, I can find myself forgetting all the other thoughts and feeling comfortable.
All the movements in traditional Korean dances require a lot of practice and effort because you need to look like you aren’t even trying. It may look very easy, if you look at the dance carefully there are challenging moves that took me a quite bit of time to master such as spinning twice in one spot, spinning once in the air, turning the fan to resemble a flower, and opening and closing the fan.
Photo from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdRHvpeuAl4
Here’s me practicing different moves!
Now that you know a bit about my in-depth, sit back and enjoy my performance!
(make sure your sound is on! the quality of the video is not the best due to some file size issues)
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