South Korean soldiers destress through dance

The South Korean army has an unorthodox way of helping its soldiers relax.

Korean Army BalletThe 25th division of the South Korean army take weekly ballet lessons, taught by a ballerina from the Korean National Ballet, in order to combat stress.

Korean Army BalletThe 15 men, who guard the North Korean border, enjoy it so much that they plan to stage a performance at the end of the year, with soldier Kim Joo-Hyeok saying that the ballet helped him ‘stay calm and find balance’ in the intense environment of the North Korean frontline.

The activity benefits the soldiers physically as well as mentally, helping with muscle strength, posture and flexibility.

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