the music and dance has always been played in a part of real life in spite
of the classes. Traditional Korean dance can be divided into two categories.
One is called a folk dance which is derived from the agricultural life of
lower classes: Farmer's dance, Kangkangsuwollae,
the Masque dance, and Shaman dance can be included in this category. The
other is called the royal dance which is derived by the upper classes. Such
like Confucian rituals, court entertainment are the typical royal dances.
While the former existed as a means of life in agricultural society, the
latter existed as a means of ideology of the ruling class. However, after
17th century, most dances developed to the pure artistic performance with
mixture of the past two dances. Today's version of the farmer's dance is
a good example of a mixture of two forms, one fast-paced and acrobatic,
the other more defined and intricate. Sungmu and Salpuri can be included
in the mixture folk dance.
and Meditation Exercise
dancer/choreographer Sun Ock Lee is renowned in both her native Korea
and in the U.S. for her extraordinary dances based on her mastery of the
mind/body techniques of ancient Zen dance