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Nam Center Colloquium Series | Teachers Who Made K-Pop Dance

Chuyun Oh, Associate Professor, School of Music and Dance, San Diego State University
Tuesday, November 14, 2023
4:00-5:30 PM
Room 555 Weiser Hall Map
Please note: This session is planned to be held both in-person and virtually EST through Zoom. This webinar is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Once you've registered, the joining information will be sent to your email.

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Who made K-pop dance? All K-pop idols used to be students of someone - idol trainers, studio teachers, choreographers, former backup dancers, and retired idols whose names are forgotten under the spectacular stage. The talk focuses on Dr. Chuyun Oh's new book on K-pop dance education (forthcoming) based on ethnographic interviews and fieldwork with K-pop industry professionals and teachers, as well as students from Dr. Oh's first K-pop dance university curriculum. K-pop dance is a microcosm of Korean society that values politeness, collaboration, and hard work, reflected by a synchronous group dance that prioritizes a group identity and perfectionism over an individual. With the rise of prodigy dancers and international schools, K-pop is growing into a field of international performing arts education. This research is funded by the Academy of Korean Studies and Seed Grants by SDSU Research Foundation in 2023.

Dr. Chuyun Oh (Ph.D. UT Austin) is a Fulbright scholar and Associate Professor of Dance Theory at San Diego State University. As a pioneer of K-pop dance studies, she is the CEO of Oniz Lab (, which issues "K-pop Creator Certificates" registered under a national policy research institute in Korea. Her book K-pop Dance: Fandoming Yourself on Social Media (Routledge) became the #1 Amazon New Release in Communications and Pop Dance in July 2022. Her award-winning scholarship on pop dance and performance activism has appeared in over 50 global media, top-tier journals, and anthologies. During her early career as a professional dancer, she received ballet training at the Kirov Academy of Ballet, Washington, DC., and the Sun Hwa Arts School, Korea, and performed worldwide, receiving international modern dance competition awards. After receiving her PhD in Performance Studies at UT Austin, she worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Hamilton College, NY.

If there is anything we can do to make this event accessible to you, please contact us. Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the university to arrange.
Building: Weiser Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Asia, Dance, Korea, Performance
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Nam Center for Korean Studies, International Institute, Asian Languages and Cultures

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