The K-Arts Company of the Korean School of Southern New Jersey (KSSNJ), led by Principal Chung Kim (hereinafter referred to as “the school”), honed their skills through a three-hour intensive training on January 20th, thanks to support from the Overseas Koreans Agency. Kim Myo-sun, a national intangible cultural heritage dance instructor, and Lee Gawon, a dance instructor from the Balim Dance Company, along with Lee Seok-won, Secretary-General of the U-Bong Immae Bang Preservation Society, and KSSNJ K-Dance director Kate Kim conducted focused training sessions on the traditional Korean dance called “Sogo-chum” at Cherry Hill Library Conference Room. Meanwhile, Director Chunseung Lee from the New York Korean Traditional Marching Band, and instructors Steven Yoon, Joshua Yoon, and John Kim led the percussion ensemble, exploring Modeumbuk and Samulnori at All Nations Church.
The 31 participants of this training focused on learning new repertoires for the upcoming community performance in the spring semester. During the final session of the intensive training with the Korean dance team, a mini-concert featuring performances by Kim Myo-sun, Kate Kim, Lee Gawon and Lee Seok-won was presented for the participants and their parents.
Chunseung Lee, who directs diverse Korean traditional music performances shuttling between Korea and the United States, will lead the school’s percussion ensemble during the preparation period for the New York Korean Music Festival on February 21st and 22nd at Queens Theater, as well as the New York Hanmadang performance. Reflecting on the training, Director Lee expressed, “Witnessing the next generation students, who value their ethnic roots and culture so deeply even on American soil, express traditional Korean percussion so authentically, was truly moving for me.”
The school’s performing arts team is anticipated to engage in active performances in neighboring communities in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, and other nearby states during the spring semester.