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.