Basic steps to Korean dance consist of breathing from the diaphragm and movements which extend from the body as the central core. All parts of the body work as a unit with emphasis on the moving curve without high articulation. There is a relaxed quality to the motions with the hands and feet, such as arm raises and hand gestures; heel walking; turning on the heels; raising the body from a bent knee position in a soft and light manner; and jumping from a squat position. The integral force is in the breathing while the centre weight is in the upper chest. More importantly, Korean dance places a strong emphasis on mood – reaching a state of ecstasy and joy – rather than on plot or story line.

The School of Korean Dance Studies Society of Canada offers an intensive program of classes in traditional dance and drum taught by an outstanding, creative faculty of experienced teachers, including Mi Young Kim (Artistic Director, Choreographer). These programs are designed for students with a background in dance or drum, although new members are always welcome to join the general and summer intensive classes and audition for professional training.

Taste of Tal Chum

Choreograph your own Talchum using basic movements learned from the workshop.

Entrants any ages are eligible to enter the online workshops on these days:

Talchum Workshop :
Sept. 26 Sunday 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Oct. 3 Sunday 10:00 am – 11:00 am

The registration to kdsscinfo@gmail.com 

Talchum, Korean mask dance drama, is a form of folk entertainment. “Tal” literally means “mask” and “Chum” means “dance.” Talchum dancers wear decorated masks, while they sing and dance. The masks used in Talchum have distorted, exaggerated and comical facial features which are out of proportion in most cases. 

Talchum is generally played in an open field where the actors perform in the centre of the field while audience members watch the performance in a circle. The actors may modify and improvise their lines depending on the atmosphere or they may vary their performance to encourage an audience response. Moreover, towards the end of the performance, the audience joins together in robust dance. Therefore, the audience are not only mere observers but also participate in the performance.

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New Horizon for Senior Program

As a Leisure Program for Seniors in 2022-2023, the Korean Studies Society of Canada prepares a time together with human gestures to shake off the anguish of the mind, rather than the dance movements of a performance to show anyone the typical Korean folk dance’s dance. 
 
From May 26th to August 12th, every Thursday from 1pm to 80 minutes.
 
12 sessions free of charge. The capacity of 30 people, first-come-first-served basis.
 
Eligibility : Seniors 55 years of age or older
Registration Deadline : May 20, 2022
Venue : 1133 Leslie st ( Small Auditorium of Korean Society of Toronto)
 
In addition, various programs are prepared for individual tutoring.
Registration inquiry: kdsscinfo@gmail.com
 

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Children's Class

So-Go is one of the instruments, a small hand drum in Nongak which means community band music. Nongak is a comprehensive form of performance that combines labor, community, entertainment, and marches in rural communities, which have long been in the era of appeal in Korea. Basically, percussion instruments such as kkwaenggwari, gong, jango, drum, and So-Go were played together with dance and developed into a form of play after performing an event or farming. Although the So-Go is a musical instrument in Nongak, it is not a function of the instrument, but rather a sleek hand, shoulder dance, and leaping action to make the viewer dance together.

Class : June 26 – July 24.  Sat. 10 am – 11 am. EST(online class, 5 sessions)

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