Today our Children’s House students were graced with a wonderful visit from the Wellesley College Korean Student Association. The visitors performed  a beautiful Fan dance in traditional Korean clothing. The visitors shared the following information prior to their visit, which was a wonderful addition to our International Festival week.

“Buchaechum is a new traditional form of Korean dance.  Originally, traditional Korean dance came from ancient shamanistic rituals thousands of years ago. By the time of the later Korean kingdoms, Goryeo and Joseon, in the 2nd millennium AD, Korean traditional dance benefited from regular support of the royal court, numerous academies, and even an official ministry of the government.

A number of different dances gained permanent high status. For example, the Fan dance is believed to have originated with shamans performing nature rites with leaves but evolved into one of the most highly refined Korean dances.

The performers wear traditional korean hanboks (literally meaning korean clothing) and they use korean brightly colored fans in the dance.  The dancers represent shaped images using the fans e.g. birds, flowers, butterflies and waves.”

Also a special thank you to Daria Cho for arranging this event!

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