SunMu-ZenDance is a form of dance meditation based on Korean sÅn, an ancient meditation technique.
It involves simple movements while practicing controlled breathing. TheÂ purposeÂ ofÂ SunMu-ZenDance therapy is to enhance everyday life with the richness of the equilibrium of a healthy mind and body awareness as a healing dance.
Sun Ock Lee created SunMu-ZenDance and founded the Zen Dance Company in 1974. For the past thirty years she has been teaching and performing throughout Europe, the United States, and Asia. She received her doctorate at New York University and taught at the Graduate School of Health and Science, SunMu-ZenDance Therapy, Pochon CHA University (2002â€“2007), and the New York University Department of Dance and Dance Education (1978â€“1996). She has been working as an international secretary general of the Asia-Pacific Performing Arts Network since 2000. At present, she teaches at Zendance Center in Seoul. Her work spans East/West cultures and dance styles.
For her extraordinary dance performances and therapy programs, based on mastery of Zen philosophy and Zen Dance technique, she has been recognized and awarded internationally at colleges and schools in Asia, Europe, and the United States. Dr. LeeÂ is the author of Zen Dance: Meditation in Movements I & II (1985, 1990), SunMu-ZenDance Technique and Therapy (2001), and Healing Zendance (2007). Her professional credits include resident artist for the Asia Society Performing Arts from 1973 to 1990. She worked as an assistant director for the Department of Performing Arts of the Asia Society from 1990 to 1993 and taught at New York University. She received the Choreographer’s Award from the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts in 1980, and she is the founder of the Asia-Pacific Contemporary Dance Festival in New York City (1993â€“1998).