Welcome to "Classic Ladies of Color," a Tumblr blog dedicated to famous and unsung women of color who worked in Film, Television, and Theatre between 1900 and 1979. You will see other entertainers (and models) here as well. **Disclaimer in "Contents"**
Choi Seung-hee was born into an upper-class family in Seoul, Korea during the Japanese occupation and was also known by the Japanese pronunciation of her name, Sai Shoki. After graduating from Sookmyung High School at the age of fifteen, she went against her father’s wishes to study under modern dancer Baku Ishii in Japan, where she distinguished herself as one of the most talented dancers. She developed her own modern dances inspired by Korean folk dances, which had been considered as lowly works. She was supported by Japanese intellectuals including Yasunari Kawabata.
She went to North Korea and got posts in the communist government. She was purged by the party and disappeared in the 1960s. In February 2003, she was rehabilitated and utilized for propaganda by North Korea, who announced that she had died in 1969. [Summary for The Story of a Dancer (DVD)]