* Date : 2015-03-24
Kim Sun-hee, promoting the excellence of Korean ballet on the world stage
Kim Sun-hee picked up ballet at the age of 10 and showed raw talent in this elegant form of dance. After quickly acquiring the proper techniques and posture, she won numerous prizes until she graduated from university and received considerable accolades. Then, after studying abroad in the U.S., she began teaching at Ewha Womans University, where she majored in Dance herself.
Soon after, she fell into a slump, seeing herself as inadequate as she began to feel that she could never be as good as the great Russian dancers of her time no matter how hard she tried. After devoting 30 years of life to ballet, she decided to give up on the dance altogether after making one final trip to the Vaganova Academy of Russian ballet. There, she learned Dance Pedagogy and was completely captured by the systematic and scientific training method. And she became the first Korean to complete the teacher certification program at Vaganova.
After returning to Korea, she introduced the systematic training system to the Korean ballet community and sought out to discover young talents. Her hard work finally paid off, and her students began sweeping awards at a number of international competitions.
Meet Kim Sun-hee, a Professor of Dance at Korea National University of Arts, who helped raise the level of Korean ballet, and served as the judging panel at prestigious dance competition in recognition of her keen eye for talent!