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School of Dance
The School of Dance was established as a high-level institute of artistic dance education to foster talented individuals with the necessary expertise to excel as dance practitioners. The School fosters an intellectual and creative foundation for dance education through providing opportunities for intensive practice, creative education focused on creativity, and theoretical education focused on developing thinking skills and knowledge rooted in the humanities and social sciences. It is the first school in Korea to adopt a matrix system whereby the fields of theory, choreography and performance of dance education are classified into different majors.
This system is the foundation for the School’s development as the premier high-level dance education institute in Korea, with a sterling academic reputation globally. Through education that encompasses the Korean traditional dance heritage, as well as ballet and contemporary dance, the School of Dance trains professional dance artists, theorists and planners with the skills and viewpoints required to lead the rapidly changing contemporary dance scene. To further nurture professional dancers, the School also operates its own dance company (KNUA Dance Company) led by the faculty and students.
  • Unlike other national universities in Korea specializing in dance education that divide majors into Korean dance, contemporary dance and ballet within a single department, the School of Dance in K-Arts divides majors between the departments of dance performance, choreography and theory. This approach provides students with an intensive specialized education to match their aptitude. The university invites professors at the forefront of the discipline, and offers intensive and substantial education by running an innovative system that focuses more on ability than age when selecting students. The School focuses on practice-based education, such as performance, programs for the gifted and internships for students to learn about various dance techniques, as well as theoretical education accompanied by critical thinking and foreign language skills. The school has made the shift to digital to offer education in line with the new dance patterns, creation and research methods. The School provides consistent and systematic education based around interaction with a global graduate cohort and prestigious dance education institutes overseas. It offers year-round programs such as summer and winter courses and ongoing ad-hoc special lectures, even during vacation time.
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    Dance Performance

    The Department of Dance Performance produces creative dancers based on its motto of learning and experimenting with various movements, and provides the specialist knowledge and curriculum required by practitioners in artistic fields. The Department offers courses in art history as well as aesthetics, and takes a humanistic approach through which students can explore their imagination, along with performance programs customized for individual competencies such as music, stage, administration and direction. The Department remains faithful to the core principles of performance education, while also establishing a base for interaction with artists working on the front lines of contemporary art, providing diverse training programs in which art meets education. The differentiated and unique experiences of the Department of Dance Performance through the Performance Workshop are helping to build a solid foundation for students to become dancers and leaders of the art world.

    Courses by Majors — To improve dance techniques, the Department of Dance Performance classifies the major courses into Korean dance, ballet, contemporary dance and dance music, which are then divided into Intermediate and Advanced Technique courses to increase the level of intensity. Various artists engaged in the world of dance in Korea and overseas teach the courses through broad, vivid and engaging methods. Aside from the intensive practical courses, the Department offers courses such as dance choreography or repertoire training to enhance artistic creativity and imagination, as well as dance science courses on anatomy, therapy and injury prevention. Through the curriculum offered by the Department, students learn about various movements and experience on-site abilities, as potential artists with creative thinking skills and ideas. Creative Courses — Dance improvisation courses and creative activities help students learn about the principles of time, space, weight, flow, and energy. Students are able to enhance their ability to move and express themselves dynamically using their bodies.
    Movements useful for dance – and the elements to acquire them – are explored for a more efficient approach to creating motion. This produces and circulates a choreographic system encompassing development, composition, creation and dance studies, allowing students to take an in-depth approach to the principle of creation. Moreover, it enables students to promote creativity by combining the norms and concepts of dance, experimenting on movements that will act as a medium for cooperation by expanding aesthetic functions such as multilayered intelligence and intellectual convergence, thereby providing the structural support required for other genres of art to blossom.
    Performance Workshop — Designed to develop the individuality of each student, this is a performance-based education program that enhances imagination and creativity. It embraces the actual process of performance necessary to increase a dancer’s fluency, frequency, originality and imagination. Students conduct constant experiments to reach individual maturity and meet their artistic needs, enhancing the sense of achievement by embodying technique and expression. The performance workshops produces synergy while also embracing dance with a macroscopic view, providing an opportunity to take one step further toward professionalism and enabling students to experience dance and its significance in artistic, aesthetic and cultural aspects.
    Dance Music (Graduate Program in Dance Performance) — This program covers all parts of music related to dance. It includes improvised piano performances in dance classes, the production of music for performance, the design of music in various forms, and music play. The courses include introductory music programs, research and development into interdisciplinary areas across dance and music, and an accessible instrumental performance. The detailed curriculum consists of improvised piano performances, seminars on teaching methods, writing, percussion playing, and dance practice for accompanists. Dance Performance Education (Graduate Program) — In the Graduate Program, students receive intensive and in-depth education and training through a proven teaching method (8-year curriculum of Vaganova method) designed to train specialized dancers.
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    Dance Theory

    The Department of Dance Theory provides education and practice in dance-related humanities and social sciences subjects, as well as the arts, cultural studies, natural sciences and business administration. The learning on offer is designed to systematically foster prospective theorists and practitioners with the knowledge and refinement required for a fulfilling career at the forefront of contemporary dance aesthetics, ethnic dance, dance science, dance history, dance criticism, and art management. Macroscopic and objective insights about dance, balanced theories, and visions about different areas within dance are provided so that students can foster the ability to study and develop academic and practical dance applications. The Department provides education on general areas related to dance science, including theories related to specific fields, as well as cultural field trips. Students have the opportunity to take courses in other Departments in the School of Dance in order to wider their knowledge and keep pace with changing trends as specialists in the field.
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    The goal of the Department of Choreography is to encourage students to develop their own imagination and individuality to develop as unique choreographers with a distinct individual identity. Throughout the curriculum, students undergo a process of progressively discovering their own body language, expanding and developing their ideas further to encourage other dancers, and conducting experiments to further strengthen academic knowledge. While the curriculum for the first and second years is focused on providing opportunities for students to practice dancing and encounter other artistic genres, the curriculum for the third and fourth years entails a larger variety of specialized courses required for choreographing and creating individual works themselves. Each semester, choreographers from all over the world join the program as invited professors, while a master class is offered during vacation time to provide an education program fits for choreographers with global sense and thinking. Students must earn the required credits for graduation. In addition, to graduate, students must present their choreographed work at least once in the Experimental Dance Festival, which is a dance performance program run by the Department biannually.
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