The practice department is divided into three majors: Korean traditional dance, contemporary dance, and ballet. It offers over 30 hours per week of diverse and intensive classes as well as minor/major selection. Each semester the school invites international choreographers and dancers to help develop global educational content. Master classes with art directors and dancers from international companies offer opportunities for prepared students to advance into the professional world of dance.
Beginning with France Lyon Conservatory in 2000, the school has executed cultural exchange agreements with many institutions including the State University of New York (SUNY) Purchase College. Each year the school cements K-Arts’ international status through performances in places such as the western US, New York, Paris, and Stockholm. Globally competitive graduates in ballet have landed leading roles with the Royal Ballet Company of the Netherlands, Monaco National Ballet Company, US ABT Ballet Company, National Dance Company of the UK, Korea National Ballet Company and the Universal Ballet Company. Contemporary dance graduates have performed with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Akram Kahn Company, German Konstasa Marks, Micha Pruker, and the France Emmanuel Company, among others. In the case of Korean traditional dance graduates, they have performed with the National Dance Company, municipal dance companies, provincial dance companies, the National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts, as well as Italy Emio Greco, Swiss Lausanne Company, and the Ringa Dance Company. The school has strived to develop programs that adapt the education system to the field of dance’s new role and development since it has demonstrated its capability and power.
The choreography department in the school aims to nurture and develop choreographers in Korea. As there is currently a lack of dance performances across the country, the program aims to foster quality performances and choreographers through experimental work. The curriculum is systematic and focuses on group work with intensive creation practice, creation workshops, as well as choreography practice with foreign and national guest professors utilizing a team-teaching method. The results of this method have been proven through many successful experimental performances. Graduating students have won gold medals at national creative dance competitions and have performed with Trisha Brown Dance Company, Belgium Dance Company, and Peeping Tom Dance Company. Graduates have also received attention as young choreographers working for opera and theater productions. The school will continue to develop its experimental work and expand its direction in order to continue producing excellent choreographers via an intensive curriculum.
The theory department has held ten international symposiums throughout its history. It has invited national and international scholars to exchange their views in traditional dance, dance aesthetics, and dance sciences, to follow the new flow of dance study, and to promote academic development. The annual symposium also includes a student-centered collection of dissertations. Each semester, the theory department refines a traditional dance class and performs it at KNUA hall at the end of the semester. The class invites dance professors from around Asia to learn various traditional dance aesthetics and morphological features, and encourages interaction between students from different schools.