South Korean Soldiers Are Ballet Dancers Too
They will even hold a performance at the end of this year.
According to Reuters, South Korean soldiers in Paju have been taking up ballet lessons every week for many reasons.
The soldiers, who are stationed near the Korean demilitarized zone, usually feel anxious due to the frontline tensions with North Korea. The dance, however, helps to distract the soldiers and relax themselves. At the same time, it also strengthens their muscles and improves flexibility.
23-year-old Sergeant Kim Joo Hyeok said, “There’s a lot of tension here since we’re the unit on the frontline, which makes me feel anxious at times. However, through ballet I’m able to stay calm and find balance as well as build friendships with my fellow soldiers. So, I think I’ll keep practising, even after the military service.”
Trainer Lee Hyang Jo, from Korean National Ballet, admitted that she initially doubted if she could actually help the soldiers.
She said, “Being a soldier is quite tough, so I wasn’t sure I could actually help them, but now I’m glad to be here and I feel worthwhile whenever I see them smiling more and enjoying ballet as they learn it little by little.”
Meanwhile, the soldiers are gearing up for their comeback at the end of this year, as they look forward to perform better than last year with Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.
This is what the soldiers are getting ready for their performance:
We wish them all the best!
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