My Love Affair With Kimchi: Fashion Week, And HY Dance Studio

Korea is truly one of my favorite cities in the world. I have been to Korea three times over the last 2 years. Each time more amazing than the last. Korea has been an amazing creative outlet. I’ve always strived to travel on my own path. Creating your own lane is essential. It’s easy to get caught up thinking there is specific path you need to follow to achieve your dreams. Korea has really expanded my mind on where I see myself as a director, creative director, choreographer, teacher, and human. 

Seoul Fashion Week:

A major goal of mine was participating in fashion week. Seoul Fashion week is ranked amongst the best in the world. This year I got to collaborate with R.Shemiste. R.Shemiste is leading contemporary high fashion and street wear brand. Their style is eclectic, unique, and inspiring. The designers are Won-Ji Yeun and Lee Jooho. 

R.Shemiste is the first brand in Seoul to collaborate with a black female dancer. My film Black Girl Business was an ode to women of color shattering glass ceilings. 

Fashion week really opened my mind to what I am capable of as a creative director. I cannot wait to create more work alongside R.Shemiste. Fashion week changed my perception on the way art needs to presented. 

 

HY Dance: 

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During all three of my trips I’ve taught at HY Dance Studio. My good friend William is the owner and creative director of HY dance studio. HY & H-Dance community have been an open places for me to share my thoughts, feelings, and dance moves. The community at HY is amazing. I cannot thank my friend William enough. He is an extremely generous and gracious host. William has become one of my dearest friends. I truly value Korea and Korean culture. HY dance studio is on the way to becoming one of the premiere centre’s for learning in Seoul. I cannot wait to return to Korea. 

 

Please check out my instagram for behind the scenes pictures! 

@Ireneashu