Using dance to form healthy family relationships at the W Stage, Jeju


On July 15, a very special class was held at the Ohyundan WCO W Stage.

It was the first of seven classes of a special education program titled “A Baby Carriage and Tricycle”, which uses dance to help mothers who might be becoming tired of parenting.

The program is taught by the Director of the Dance Art Center, Kim Mi-suk.

At the event, seven mothers danced while embracing their babies. The mothers and babies were able to empathize with each other naturally and the dance gave energy to the mothers to help them in their exhausting lives.

At the event, six staff members – Ko Soon-seon, Jung Bo-geum , Choi Seon-i , and Yoon Jeon-gae – helped director Kim Mi-suk with the program.

Program Director Kim Mi-suk explained the goals of the program.

“Housewives devote themselves to raising their kids and a lot of the time they put themselves in a situation where they have to give up their jobs. Because of this, it is easy for them to live life with low self-esteem. There are statistics that say that 90% of housewives with kids experience depression.”

“This unstable psychological condition and bad health will directly affect their children. I planned this program to help mothers to relieve themselves with physical movement and dancing so that they can have a healthy mind and body.”

Kim Mi-suk explained that she hopes the program will help “to form healthy family relationships so that the mother’s healthy energy affects the kids positively.”

In particular, she is trying to establish this as an education program where mothers and babies can sympathize with each other while enjoying Jeju’s nature.

The “Tricycle” program is planned based on the idea that the basis of peace is the family. Mothers are important as they are at the center of the family.

This event was held in the Ohyundan W stage but the program will not always be held indoors. In fact, Kim Mi-sook thinks it is vital for her to make a communion between mothers and kids by dancing in nature.

The dances she choreographed for the event are combined with games which go beyond the standardized frame and movement. Because of this, the dancers can feel and touch Jeju’s marvelous natural landscape, earth, sea, and wind.

Each session runs for two hours and there will be a total of seven classes running until Aug. 26.

Kim Mi-suk who chose to run the educational program at the Ohyundan W Stage spoke about how grateful she is for the W stage.

“I am very grateful to see this wonderful space in the Wondosim [The Jeju Old Town area]. Particularly, Ohyundan’s W stage is very special to me. This is the place where I put on a performance named “A Room of Mother” last year. I don’t like standardized spaces, so I liked this place because I could utilize it in a variety of ways. Also, it is near to the traditional market and the Jeigak fortress that I can use as a background.”

The W Stage itself is a culture space in a renovated building in Jeju’s old town. The building used to be Ohyun High School, the first modern school on Jeju.

The W Space aims to keep up the location’s traditions by offering people a space to use freely for cultural, community, or education based activities.

If you are interested in using the W Stage to hold a free for public cultural or educational program, please contact Oh Ok-man at 010-2521-0723.