The School of Dance was established as a high-level artistic dance institution aiming to cultivate professionalism and excellence in students. The school reinforces dance education’s creative and intellectual basis with intensive practice, creative education and theory education. It focuses on honing cognitive skills while developing broad humanities and social sciences knowledge as well. The school is the first school to divide dance education into creation and practice areas along majors. Based on this system, the school aims to be the premier educational dance institution in the country and the world.
Through Korean traditional dance, ballet, and contemporary dance education, the school lays the groundwork to cultivate professional dancers, theorists, and planners who will work to change the field of dance in the 21st century. The faculty and students run KNUA Dance Company to accomplish the goal of nurturing professional dancers and to continue their ongoing development as artists.
Unlike professional dance education in national universities which divides majors (Korean dance/contemporary dance/ballet) into departments, the school divides majors into practice, creation, and theory to offer intensive professional education along a student’s ability. It invites famous instructors for various classes and offers quality education for students by running an innovative system which focuses on ability, rather than age, to select students.
The school focuses on field education in various dance techniques, as well as gifted children practice education, internships, and theory education. Reflecting the ever-changing digital civilization, the school also runs education programs in new dance styles, creation, and study.
The school implements a consistent and systematic education through interaction with the graduate course as well as prestigious international educational dance institutions. It offers active programs such as the summer and winter sessions, and special lectures during vacations.
The Department provides a creative teaching method to promote students' dance performance, creativity and the way of thinking based on cultural and social science knowledge. The curriculum focuses on basic practical courses, such as Intermediate Technique, Advanced Technique, and Practice in Dance Music while embracing and reflecting new research results. Faculty members not only provide top-class teaching but also communicate with students so as to make classes interactive. Choreography courses are related to Dance Technique Workshops so that students experience a variety of dance techniques in practical courses on performance. Based on such specialized practical programs, the department aims at nurturing students as educators and creative professional dancers with the power of expression.
Intermediate Technique and Advanced Technique courses are offered to enhance students dance techniques step by step. The curriculum includes practical courses on Korean dance, ballet, contemporary dance, and dance music, and other various programs. Dance composition, choreography workshop, and dance kinesiology promote psychomotor skills, and cognitive, and emotional development. Artistic movement is created and promoted when such elements are combined with physiological training and conditioning, body composition, movement types, training fundamentals, dance types and vocabulary. The goal of the programs is to produce professionals and promote students’ artistic achievement and development.
Dance improvisation courses and creative activities help students: learn how time, space, weight, flow, and energy work; utilize them in making a body movement; and enhance the ability to express themselves dynamically. Everyday movement useful for dance and the elements to acquire them are being explored to have an efficient approach to creating motions. Such courses promote students’ creativity and active performance. Furthermore, when the acquired movements are recreated based on the concepts and principles of dance, in-depth approach is taken for creation. It leads to development, composition, creation, dance study, and ultimately to a complete choreography. In addition, such programs, based on practical workshop and choreography practice, expand an esthetic aspect and are helpful to other art genres serving as medium for cooperation.
The workshop is designed to develop individual's creativity and imagination. Artistic performance, technique, and expression, which are necessary to enhance flexibility, frequency, originality, and imagination as dancers, are promoted through the actual performance. Experimental approaches are being taken to meet the artistic needs of students and encourage them to achieve their goals. The program, which creates a synergistic effect by taking artistic, aesthetic and cultural approaches, focuses on diversifying dance with a high level of professionalism.
The goal of the Department encourages students to be creative and unique so that they become choreographers with self-identity and originality. The process, in which students find languages from their bodies, develop them further, encourage other students to make an experiment with them, is progressively underway through the whole curriculum. The first and second years have practical courses on dance and classes on different genres of art. Meanwhile the third and fourth years offer various courses necessary for students to plan their choreography and make their own works. Each semester, choreographers from other nations join as invited professors, or master class is offered during vacation. Students should earn required credits for gradation. In addition, only when students submit the work of their own choreography more than one time in the biannual Experimental Dance Festival, which is a part of the curriculum, they are qualified to present a graduation work.
Students take courses on dance-related humanities, social science, art and cultural studies, science, and business so as to prepare themselves to become professionals in the fields of dance aesthetics, ethnic dance, dance science, history, criticism, and art management. Macroscopic and balanced views, theories, and ideas on various areas of dance are provided so that students develop an insight to nurture their ability to study the academic and practical aspects of dance. A comprehensive dance study is provided in the curriculum while students learn about theories in certain areas and have field studies. Students take not only major courses but also the programs of other majors in the School to respond to a changing environment and prepare for working as professionals in the field.