Research Summary

Jay Kim's research covers original choreography & classical repertoire. Projects vary, some with educational/historical focus, others offer creative freedom. Kim blends history to create new works by fusing dance forms. He prioritizes meaningful & unexpected movements & communicates meaningful theories. He stays true to classical repertoire's history while presenting quality productions. Kim provides dancers opportunities to perform both contemporary & classical works.


  • 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
  • Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Physical Science, Ballet, Contemporary, Modern, Korean Folk, SEJONG UNIVERSITY
  • Training-, Ballet, Men’s Technique, Repertoire, Partnering, Character Dance, Historical Court Dance, KIROV ACADEMY OF BALLET


Associate Professor Jay (Jong Hoon) Kim is a renowned dancer, choreographer, and teacher from South Korea. He holds an MFA from the University of Utah and a BFA from Sejong University and is an ABT® National Training Curriculum Certified Teacher. Jay received his dance training on full scholarship from the Kirov Academy of Ballet and went on to win nine grand prix and gold medals in international competitions. He has danced with several esteemed companies, including Universal Ballet Company, Korean National Ballet, and Dayton Ballet Theatre.

Jay is also the founder and Artistic Director of the International Ballet Summer Intensive at the University of Utah Asia Campus in Incheon, Korea. His original choreographic works have been performed both internationally and domestically and have been recognized at several competitions. In addition to his artistic pursuits, Jay is a dedicated teacher and has served as a master teacher at several prestigious institutions and events, including the Korea International Ballet Competition and the World Ballet Grand Prix. He is an ABT® Project Plie Partner Teacher and a partner for Kirov Academy of Ballet. He is also a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science and has published in the Dance Research Journal of Korea.