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2 March 2016
Author: The Place

Meet the dancer: NamYoon Kim

NamYoon Kim was born in South Korea. She graduated from Korea National University of Art, School of Dance where she received a BA in Dance Theory and was an exchange student at California Institute of the Arts. She has trained in various forms of dance including ballet, contemporary and also Korean traditional dance. In addition to her experience in California, she has also experienced dance at other international organisations during several dance intensives at The Place, Laban, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and Body Traffic.

  • When did you start dancing?

I started dancing when I was five. My mom took me to the dance studio near my home and that was the start. I stopped dancing for a while after I’ve got into the high school. But after two years, I started dance again and that was the moment that I realised dance was going to be my main career.

  • What was the first piece of live dance you watched?

Classic ballet ‘Nutcracker’ performed by Korea National Ballet Company

  • Is there a performance experience that sticks in your mind?

In June 2015, I had chance to participate in an opera show from Korea National Opera‘s ‘King Jumong’ as a member of guest dancer of Korea National Contemporary Dance Company. The story was folk tale story about ancient Korea’s legendary King Jumong. In this opera show, there are dance sections in the beginning, middle, and in the end. Each dance section had to condense each act of opera using Korean folk dance movements with contemporary movements. That process was very interesting. It was a very memorable experience, combining these different dance styles and also being aware of how the audience responded. It was nice to feel the two different atmospheres at the same time at the same space.

  • What kinds of dance do you enjoy doing?

I used to take morning ballet class before work to make myself warmed up. Also I’ve been learning Korean traditional dance and North Korean dance, which is enriching my dance vocabulary. There are particular sets of sequences I feel comfortable with repeating, and enjoy going deeper into what I’ve been learning to refine it further. But it is also exciting to do new things!

  • What/who influences or inspires you as a dancer?

I was so inspired by William Forsythe’s ‘In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated’. It made me to want to be a professional dancer. I watched a video of it on Youtube and when I finally got to see the live performance of that piece, it made me want to dedicate myself to dance even more.

  • Why have you chosen to study on the postgraduate performance programme EDge?

I love being on stage and dancing, and wanted to experience dance in Europe. I think I can learn a lot from being part of the School and develop myself more.

  • What are you surprisingly bad at?

Not eating chocolates!

  • What are you surprisingly good at?

Cooking and Music dictation

  • Is there anything else you’d like to share about yourself?

I have an English name, Regina, which came from my catholic name.  I like movies and I love coffee, my favourite coffee place in London is The Coffeeworks Project.


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