Korean dancing began five thousand years ago in accordance with the Shamanistic early rituals. In later Korean Kingdoms like Gorgeo and Joseon in the 2nd millennium CE the traditional dance benefited from regular support from the Royal court and academies.
There are certain dances which gained a permanent high status like the hermit dance, Ghost dance, Fan dance, Monk dance, entertainer despite its original humble origins such as the Fan dance. This dance originated with shamans performing nature rites with leaves but evolved into one of the most highly refined Korean dances.
Unfortunately most Korean dance academies died down and some dances were lost due to the cultural genocide by the Imperial Japan. Some Korean dancers have created new form of dances and kept the tradition alive. Today many forms of traditional Korean dancing are practiced in Korean Universities and also abroad. Top dancers are recognized as National Treasures. They are charged in passing their dance to their students. With connections like this the dance and dancers lineages can be traced back several generations.
Korean dance focuses on internal expression and metaphysical joy and ecstasy. The dancers legs are covered by billowing Hanbok and the dancer must embody fluid motion. Below is the list of different Korean dances.
This dance was influenced by the Confucianism and was traditionally performed at banquets hosted for the privileged. The dance came in two forms, Hyang-ak and Tang-ak. The first is indigenous Korean dance dating from ancient times where dancers recite an oral preface in the format of a classical song, and the latter differs by having a leader recite an oral preface on the side.
The best known Hyang–ak dances are: Ch’oyongmu dance, Mugo (drum dance), Hwagwanmu (flower crane dance), Keummu (the sword dance), and Chunaengmu (nightingale dance)