Ballerina with Love in Deed
Dancing star who shined Hanyang, Lee Ji-hee (Dance, Doctoral program)
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“Ballet is creating a sculpture that is visible only for a moment,” says Erol Ozan, writer of Talus. There is a ballerina and a choreographer who is creating such beauty of moments everyday- Lee Ji-hee (Dance, Doctoral program). As a winner of a triple crown of Chungbuk Dance Awards, Lee revealed her stories and passion towards ballet and choreography.
On the way to become a senior granting love
Lee won three trophies in the Chungbuk Dance Awards: Solo dance, choreography, and group dance awards. “It was truly a great opportunity for me to contribute to the growth in artistic recognition of Chungbuk where a very minimum of support for ballet takes place,” explained Lee. Despite the glory that shines behind her, the journey to stand on the top in her field was not as easy and beautiful as others might consider.
“Both of my parents loved reading books and watching ballet, as my mother even majored in it. With my genetic ability for flexibility and my interests in creating stories through ballet, I never left this field since my elementary school years,” explained Lee. Majoring in dance at Hanyang University starting 2001, Lee is now looking forward to receive her doctorate in ballet. “Professor Kim Bok-hee and Son Kwan-jun from Hanyang University helped me out to become a better ballerina and treated me like their daughter. Working as a main dancer for their ballet companies, I grew my passion in choreography too,” said Lee.
In her third year in college, Lee had to face bitter words regarding her ability. Professors and other dance instructors often told her that Lee’s techniques may be decent, but are lacking her own color. “To find my persona in dance, I decided to overcome my meticulousness. I began travelling around the world and even encountered dangerous situations in Rumania, dealing with gypsies,” laughed out Lee. By accumulating a broad spectrum of experiences, Lee was able to discover various emotions and sources for her dance. “My capability to choreograph and express emotions in my dance was all augmented thanks to my professors. I want to become a senior who can help my junior ballerinas just like my teachers did,” said Lee.
Artists: turning stress into beauty
Living as a ballerina and a choreographer at the same time is arduous, and sometimes painful, says Lee. Because art is not an everyday subject that people are interested in, the financial status of numerous artists is in an inopportune condition. “Facing the reality as an artist is sometimes extremely stressful considering the unstable financial circumstances and artist’s block occurring in the process of artistic creation, like choreography,” explained Lee.
Despite the stress the Lee copes with, she also talks about the pleasure of termination and passion. “Even though it is difficult to create an art work, the pleasure it brings with termination is beyond the description in words. I think these feelings are the sources and reasons for my passion and work,” smiled Lee. Lee always knew that without passion and perseverance, one can never become an artist, and thus, she spent 17 years of hard work at Hanyang University to accomplish her goals.
Starting next year, Lee is planning to perform in America and Hong Kong. However, Lee’s dream has yet to be achieved. “I never chased a goal in presence but only the dream in the future. Viewing life in a wider spectrum is important, and passion is the key. I know it is hard, but I hope my juniors will never stop running!”
Kim Ju-hyun firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos by Lee Jin-Myeong
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