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The Korean Traditional Dance Institute of California was founded in 2016 by dance loving people with a desire to preserve and share traditional Korean culture.

In 2017, KTDIC became an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit establishing its role as a community leader in maintaining and promoting the rich art form of traditional Korean dance and music.

Today, the Institute strives to educate the public, serve the local community and beyond, and facilitate international cultural exchange by learning, sharing, and creating. KTDIC is able to continue its important work at its studio in Los Angeles and performances around the world thanks to the efforts of its members, donors, and the dance community.

Our Mission


We aim to improve the body, mind, and spirit through Korean traditional dance and music.



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Soon Young "Sharon" Lee

Artistic Director

As an internationally recognized, award-winning choreographer, Soon Young Lee brings over 50 years of experience and expertise to KTDIC. Lee received classical Korean traditional dance and music training at Chung Ang Univeristy in Seoul, South Korea and has danced for the National Dance Company of Korea. She has performed in many countries across Asia, Europe, and Latin America; at large international events including the 1994 World Cup Opening Ceremonies; and for many Heads of State. Her work and commitment to the community has been recognized by the Consul General of the Republic of Korea, the city of Los Angeles, and the Obama Administration. Lee also holds exclusive certifications to teach dances officially designated as Intangible Cultural Property by South Korea's Cultural Heritage Administration.

Board of Directors


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Laura Park

Executive Director

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Yvette Kim

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Young Ju Lee

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Victorya Nam

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Angela Whang


Joanne Kang

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