Dance troupe for disabled children formed
- Dance troupe for disabled children formed
Leader stresses therapeutic aspects of dance, breaking societal
A group of South Korean children with disabilities have formed a
dance troupe called Philos. Philos is a Greek word meaning "love,"
and the troupe is the first in the nation consisting of disabled
children suffering from mental retardation, developmental disorders,
or Down's syndrome.
Philos began when 13 children aged between nine and 15 met at the
Pyeongchon Art Hall in Anyang, Gyeonggi Province, on March 21 under
the tutelage of Professor Im In-seon of Daelim College.
Professor Im has provided free dance gymnastics programs to disabled
children in Anyang since 2005, and the Philos troupe has grown out of
those programs. Just as music, art, or drama are increasingly used
for psychological therapy, dance and gymnastics are used to recover
mental and physical functions through their use of a cycle of
muscular tension and relaxation, as well as through neurological
stimulation and an ability to increase circulation, the professor
Im will teach the Philos members Korean traditional dance, modern
dance, and ballet. The troupe will hold its first performance at the
end of the year. Professor Im said she is also planning to take the
troupe on a national tour.
The dance group will recruit 12 additional members and open its doors
to non-disabled children, as well, in order to try to collapse the
wall between the disabled and the non-disabled, Professor Im said. In
addition, Philos is going to invite other dance instructors to help,
as well as volunteers to assist the members.
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