Jay (Jong-Hoon) Kim

Curriculum Vitae Biosketch

Jay (Jong-Hoon) Kim portrait
  • Assistant Professor, School Of Dance



  • Certification- ABT® National Training Curriculum, ABT® Certified Teacher in Pre-Primary through Level 3, AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE
  • Masters of Fine Arts-, Teaching and Choreography Emphasis, UNIVERSITY OF UTAH
  • Bachelors of Fine Arts-, Ballet, Contemporary, Modern, Korean Folk, SEJONG UNIVERSITY
  • Training-, Ballet, Men’s Technique, Repertoire, Partnering, Character Dance, Historical Court Dance, KIROV ACADEMY OF BALLET

Honors & Awards

  • Netherlands Choreography Competition. 'Reciprocity' was selected in the first edition of the choreography competition, 02/07/2017
  • Utah Regional Ballet Choreography Design Competition. 'Reciprocity' was a finalist in the choreography competition, 01/27/2017


  Jay Kim, Assistant Professor, School of Dance, University of Utah

Professor Jay Kim is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Dance at the University of Utah. He earned his MFA from the University of Utah, his BFA from the Sejong University, and is an ABT® Certified Teacher in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. He received his fundamental training on full scholarships from the Kirov Academy of Ballet while training with Alla Sizova, Roudolf Kharatian, and Vladimir Djouloukhadze and in Korea at the Dance Arts Institute, Chang-Mu Dance Conservatory, and Kwang-Ju Arts High School. In his career he was awarded a total of 9 Grand Prix and Gold medals in international competitions winning top placing medals in Ballet, Contemporary, Modern, and Korean Traditional Dance categories.

Professor Kim’s professional career includes dancing as a Principal and Soloist with Universal Ballet Company, Korean National Ballet, Korean Ballet Theatre, and Dayton Ballet Theatre, across 13 countries and 150 cities on the major stages of the world, under the direction of Bing-Xian Liu, Boris Eifman, Bruce Steivel, Cha-Young Suh, Dermot Burke, Julia Moon, Oleg Vinogradov, and Yuri Grigorovich, while performing a repertoire of 13 full-length classical ballets and 37 one-act and contemporary ballets. He worked with Adrienne Dellas, Albert Mirzoyan, Christopher Fleming, Evgeny Neff, Francois Petit, Galina Kekicheva, Heinz Spoerli, Jean Paul Comelin, Jeffrey Graham Hughes, Kim David McCarthy, Michael Bjerknes, Nacho Duato, Natalia Spitsyna, Robert Estner, and Seon-Hee Jang.

Professor Kim’s original choreographic works have been presented at Youth America Grand Prix competitions and have been finalists in the Netherlands Choreography Competition and the Utah Regional Ballet Choreography Design Competition. His works include his classical full-length Cinderella production and his contemporary works Metamorphosis, Reciprocity, Remembrance, Enraptured, Binari, and Etudes. His works and stagings have been performed internationally in Spain, Korea, and Costa Rica and nationally in Michigan, Nevada, Texas, and Utah. He has staged works and/or served as Master Teacher with Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre, Art Ballet Center of Seoul, Ballet Center of Fort Worth, Ballet Frontier of Texas, Centro de Danza Company, Folklore Festival day of Europe, Great Lakes Dance Festival, Korean Ballet Theatre, Korea International Ballet Competition, Kwangju City Ballet, Lyric Opera Ensemble, Metropolitan Ballet Academy and Theatre, Oakland University, Sejong University, Utah Ballet, and Utah Regional Ballet.

Professor Kim has co-directed a joint international production of Spring Ballet Festival with the Korean Ballet Theatre in Seoul, Korea; co-directed a joint international production at the Folklore Festival Day of Europe with the Centro de Danza of Zaragoza, Spain; directed Utah Ballet dancers on international performing tours to Seoul, Korea and Zaragoza, Spain: and while serving as Artistic Director of Utah Ballet co-directed and co-staged a classical full-length production of Swan Lake and presented his contemporary production of Choreographers of the Far East with three World Premiere creations by choreographers all hailing from Asia.

Professor Kim is an ABT® Project Plie Partner Teacher; has presented at and is a member of CORPS de Ballet International; is a Steering Committee member for the Korea International Ballet Competition; and is a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science.



  • CORPS de Ballet International (CDBI), Presenter and Member, 07/2016 - present
  • American Ballet Theatre (ABT), Certified Teacher and ABT® Project Plie Partner Teacher, 06/12/2016 - present
  • International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS), Professional Member, 06/2016 - present
  • Kirov Academy of Ballet (KAB), Audition Tour Coordinator , 01/2016 - present
  • Korean Ballet Theatre (KBT), International Tour Manager, 07/2012 - present
  • Korea International Ballet Competition (KIBC), Steering Committee and Faculty, 06/2012 - present

In the Media

  • THEATRE JONES, NORTH TEXAS PERFORMING ARTS NEWS- by Cheryl Callow- September 16, 2016 'The younger dancers of the company got their chance on stage after intermission with Jay Kim’s Remembrance, a work that proved Kim needs to be here to stay. His beautiful mixture of classical ballet and modern allowed the budding professionals a unique chance to hone their technical skills while developing a sense of artistry through more contemporary movement. The Mozart choral music haf a potential to overpower the dancers, but strong shapes and a remarkable attention to precision and timing kept that from happening. They attacked the work with gusto and fierceness.'. 09/16/2016.
  • THE DAILY UTAH CHRONICLE, by Kaitlin Baxter - February 5, 2016 ‘The final performance on the program was choreographed by Jay Kim, another professor in the department. Dramatic music, fantastic lighting and wildly good dancing make this last number spectacular. Lots of partnering also makes this piece stand out... this last performance is well worth the wait.’ . 02/05/2016.
  • THEATER JONES, TEXAS PERFORMING ARTS NEWS, by Cheryl Callon - August 27, 2015 ‘Jay Kim’s Enraptured… ruby-toned background… set the stage for a fierce yet alluring piece. It’s a surprisingly tight work… nice pirouettes, notable displays of flexibility, and consistent performances qualities make this one of their better pieces... Kim’s enchanting blend of contemporary ballet and classical modern, with a pleasing sequence of gestural and arm maneuvers, create a valuable experience for the performers to explore a greater range of movement and expression, a vital tool in the competitive world of ballet… it’s an excellent dance to keep in the repertoire.’ . 08/27/2015.
  • STAR-TELEGRAM (OF TEXAS), by Mark Lowry - August 22, 2015 ‘In Enraptured, Jay Kim uses an ensemble of women making symmetrical patterns and contemporary movements that feel fresh.’ . 08/22/2015.
  • THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, By Catherine Reese Newton - April 21st, 2015 ‘The University of Utah’s “Cinderella Spring” wraps up this week with Jules Massenet’s “Cendrillon.” The cross-disciplinary opera production involves students from the Utah Ballet, the art and art-history department and the Utah Philharmonia in addition to the Lyric Opera Ensemble. Two members of Utah Ballet will perform a pas de deux- set to Prokofiev’s music and rechoreographed by the company’s artistic director, Jay Kim, to fit the opera cast - during a key scene.’. 04/21/2015.
  • BEFORE THE DOWNBEAT, Thoughts on music, creativity, imagination… - March 2015 Issue ‘Prokofiev’s Cinderella, done in steampunk… A good description might be: “What the past would look like if the future had happened sooner.”… the steampunk design seems to both fit the story and give it a “modern” twist that is wholly appropriate. Choreographer Jay Kim came up with this idea that continues to excite us as we race towards production week.’. 03/2015.
  • CATALYST MAGAZINE - Resources for Creative Living Magazine, March 2015 Issue ‘The Utah Ballet version of Cinderella (April 3 & 4) uses the familiar music by Sergei Prokofiev but other than that it's all brand new, including original choreography by University of Utah ballet professor Jong-Hoon "Jay" Kim.’. 03/2015.
  • THE FINER POINTS- The official blog of the University of Utah College of Fine Arts- "Mural class collaborates with backdrops for Department of Ballet 'Cinderella', choreographed by Jay Kim. ". 12/12/2014. https://finer-points.squarespace.com/blog/2014/12/...
  • STUDIO MAGAZINE- The first annual University of Utah College of Fine Arts Magazine, May 2014 Issue (Pages 27-29) ‘That is what global outreach is all about, says Jong-Hoon “Jay” Kim, Assistant Professor of Ballet. The whole point of such exchanges is to expand students’minds to professional opportunities beyond Utah and the United States, and to show them how art grows from life experience.’ Article of interview with Jay Kim on the 2013 Utah Ballet and Character Dance Ensemble tour to Korea . 05/2014. http://issuu.com/uofufinearts/docs/studio_magazine...
  • DAILY UTAH CHRONICLE, by D. Griffin- November 2013 “The second piece set to take stage is a world premiere contemporary piece by U professor Jay Kim. Titled 'Enraptured' the dance invokes the rushing feelings two people share when they fall in love. This abstract concept is enhanced through warm-colored lighting and costumes as well as the impassioned performance of the dancers.” . 11/2013. http://www.dailyutahchronicle.com/2013/11/18/utah-...
  • DAILY UTAH CHRONICLE, by Lynette Randall - November 2012 Article in reference to Utah Ballet 'Swan Lake', Co-Directed by Jay Kim "...The Department of Ballet created a world of believable serenity and beauty through set scenery and stunning costumes... the dance company put on a fabulous show, one that is sure to leave you mesmerized and fully invested in the love story of Odette and Siegfried." . 11/2012.
  • DANCE AND OPERA magazine of Seoul, Korea with an article featuring an interview with Jay Kim 'Koreas First International Tenure Track Professor of Ballet'. 07/2012.


  • English, fluent.
  • Korean, fluent.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Austria. Worked, performed, and toured.
  • Canada. Worked, performed, and toured twice.
  • France. Worked, performed, and toured.
  • Germany. Worked, performed, and toured.
  • Greece. Worked, performed, and toured twice.
  • Hungary. Worked, performed, and toured twice.
  • Italy. Worked, performed, and toured.
  • Japan. Worked, performed, and toured coast to coast.
  • Republic of Korea. Worked, performed, toured coast to coast, country of origin.
  • Spain. Worked, performed, and toured.
  • Switzerland. Worked, performed, and toured.
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Worked, performed, and toured.
  • United States of America. Worked, performed, and toured coast to coast.