South Korea Army Is Using Ballet To Fight Stress In Its Ranks

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    A South Korean soldier looks at his ballet shoes(Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji)

    In what may come as a bit of a surprise today we learned from the reporting site Quartz that, according to images and information released by Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji, South Korean soldiers have taken part in a ballet class at a military base near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Paju, South Korea on July 13, 2016.

    Johnny Simon, who wrote the story for Quartz, reports:

    A ballerina from the Korean National Ballet leads the classes. Soldier Kim Joo-hyeok, 23, describes the activity as a way to “stay calm and find balance, as well as build friendships with my fellow soldiers.” Last week, on July 13, Reuters photographer Kim-Hong Ji captured Kim and his fellow soldiers during training, at home in their barracks and in the classes, as they deploy the grace and discipline of classical dance in order to learn balance and teamwork.

    To view more of the associated pictures captured by Kim-Hong Ji or to leave a comment, follow this link to be taken to the original story on Quartz.

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