Somatic Movement Workshop

Exploring Multiple Identities through Movement for Transracial Adoptees

  • WHEN: 11/06/2022, 9-2pm
  • WHERE: Mojalet Dance Collective Studio in San Diego
  • HOW MUCH: $100. (If the number of participants reaches 12, each participant gets $20 discount)
  • FOR WHO: Transracial Adoptees and their friends and family

We all have multiple identities that are identified either by self or contextually. Multiple identities have different strengths and weaknesses. They reveal themselves depending on how one relates to different environments. It is natural to desire something that is absent in our life.

The more I study about myself, the more I desire to find my biological parents as an adopted child. Then, grief gets harder. It comes up strongly whenever I feel disconnected from society or a group of people in the USA as an immigrant. In contrast, I feel very confident as a professional dancer and mother of three kids. This contrast led me to realize parts of my identities such as being an immigrant and person of color that were given by the condition of relocating myself to the USA are not so functional.

I became fully aware of my different identities associated with specific movements and shapes while I studied Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis (LBMA) at Integrative Movement Studies in 2021-2022. For instance, with the mother and dancer identity, I associate with the right side of my body, quick and active movement quality, reaching out, and high level of space whereas with immigrant and adopted child identity, I associate with the left side of my body, slow paced movement, pulling in, and low or middle level of space. It was possible to become aware of them because LBMA offers various ways of looking at human movement and finding more possibilities. In turn, one can expand the range of perception to understand oneself.

After this crucial lesson, I felt called to share my knowledge with Transracial Adoptees because of the shared experience of living in between two worlds. For Korean Transracial Adoptees, in particular, I believe my culturally embodied presence, as a person who grew up in South Korea and studied Korean Traditional Dance, will be beneficial for them to experience Korea or Korean culture indirectly.

This workshop is for Transracial Adoptees. Their partners, family, and friends are welcome to join. It happens 9am to 2pm on 11/6 at Mojalet Dance Collective Studio in San Diego. The cost of this workshop is $100. If the number of participants reaches 12, each participant gets $20 discount. So bring your friends and family!! 🙂

Depending on participants’ needs, I offer personalized performance rituals at the end of the class. The format of the performance is that participant writes a few words that reflect participant’s wishes to gain, to improve, or to heal. I will dance for the participant based on my understanding of participant’s needs. 

Feel free to contact me if you want to learn more about the workshop or the personalized performance ritual.

update 10.15. 2022

Exploring Multiple Identities through Movement

  • WHEN: 11/13/2022, 10-1pm
  • WHERE: Private Location in Berkeley. When you register you will get a confirmation email with the address.
  • HOW MUCH: donation based $25-$40 at door or $30 on website
  • FOR WHO: anyone who appreciates deepening their understanding of self through movement exploration

We all have multiple identities that are identified either by self or contextually. Multiple identities have different strengths and weaknesses. They reveal themselves depending on how one relates to different environments. Within multiple self-identities, some are less visible and at times dysfunctional. How can we bring them to be more visible and functional? 

I am offering a three hour long somatic movement workshop to explore multiple identities in oneself through movement exploration. My approach is based on the system of Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis (LBMA) which can support one to expand their range of perception by exploring various aspects of movement. Main goal of this workshop is to identify more and less visible self-identities with associated movement qualities so that the less visible self-identity can adopt movement qualities from more visible self-identity. 

update 10.15. 2022