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Dance Training and Career
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Sunhee Park began training in Korean traditional dance at age 7, becoming a member of The Little Angels, touring throughout Asia. She progressed to join the Universal Ballet Company studying at Sunwha Art School, and graduated from ChungAng University majoring in ballet.
In 1991 she moved to Tokyo and completed an MA in Dance and Movement in 1993 at Ochanomizu University. For the next seven years she taught traditional Korean and contemporary dance for 7 years at a wide range of schools in the region of Tokyo as a freelance dance instructor.
During this period she performed at a wide range of Asian dance and cultural festivals in and around Tokyo, including: the Performance for friendship between Japan and Korea (Nakano Zero Hall in Tokyo Japan) in 1994; the Asian Dance Festival ( Kanakawaken music Hall) 1995; the Traditional Culture Exchange between Japan and Korea (Shinzuku Asahi Semei Hall in Japan) 1996; the Assembly of Asia Cultural Exchange (Nakano Zero Hall in Japan ) 1997; the International Culture Exchange (International Forum big Hall in Japan) 1998; and The Northeast Asia Music Festival (Kan Hall of Mountain Park in Japan) 1998.
Research Training in Shamanism
Sunhee Park’s interest in the dance practice of the Korean Shaman began with a clinical study of Shamanistic Trance Dance for her MA dissertation, and was followed by a Ph.D in Anthropology focused on The Psychology of Shamanistic Trance States, completed in 1998.
She has since lectured internationally on a variety of topics pertaining to the psychology of shamanistic practice, and has published a wide range of acclaimed research papers on the psychology of shamanistic trance, including: The Holistic Spirit and Treatment of Korean Shamans, Ethnic Art, Vol.17, 2001; and Trance States and Physical Expression of the Korean Shaman. “Dance and Physical Expression”; Japan Academic Congress library (series 10), Foundation of Japan Academic Cooperation, 2005.
At present in the UK
Sunhee Park’s interest in the psychological healing potential through the medium of dance has brought her to London to pursue a Masters in Dance Movement Therapy at Roehampton University. She is beginning to establish a traditional Korean dance performance and teaching practice in the UK, and is currently working on a contemporary choreography integrating shamanistic dance techniques with traditional Korean dance practices.