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Court Dance

Court Dances are part of the Studio repertoire. (The following descriptions are based on information in programs from performances by the Halla Huhm Dance Studio.)



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Sonyurak (Boat Dance)
This dance is mentioned in a history of Koryo compiled in 1451. It is believed to have been performed to wish "bon voyage" to high ranking court officials or to invite the spirits to bless fishing fleets.


Chunaengjon (Nightingale Singing in Springtime)
The choreography of this solo court dance is usually attributed to Prince Ikchong, during the reign of King Sunjo (1800-1834), but may date from 1469. It is considered the epitome of refinement and its performance is traditionally limited to the small area of a flower patterned mat.


Apakmu (Ivory Clapper Dance)
Apakmu is listed in the Akhak Kwebom (Treatise on Music) compiled in 1493. The pak, a musical instrument, is now made of wood and is an important instrument used in court and ritual orchestras.




Hakmu (Crane Dance)
The crane traditionally symbolizes long life.