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.