Juli Kim

“Jaeng Gang Choom(Dance with Bells) ”

Jaeng gang Choom is executed with bells tied around the dancer's wrists. As the dancer moves, the bells make the "Jaeng Gang" noises. Hence, the name. The dance is traditionally performed to celebrate the plentifulness of the Fall Harvest. Originated by one of the best known choreographers of Korea, Choi Seung Hee, and popularized in North Korea, the dance tells the story of vibrant women of Hwang Hae Island who in efforts to dominate and mesmerize the audience wore bells on their wrists or feet while clad in lovely, colorful costumes.