Professor Kim’s career as a professional dancer includes having been awarded a total of 9 medals in international dance competitions, including 2 Grand Prix and 7 Gold Medals earning the top placing medals in Ballet, Modern, and Korean Folk Dance categories from 1989 ‐1998. His professional dancing career spans across 12 years dancing as a Soloist with Universal Ballet Company of Seoul, Korea across 13 countries on the major stages of the world including America, Austria, Canada, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Korea, Spain, and Switzerland. He also danced as a Principal dancer with Korean Ballet Theatre for 4 years, performed Principal Guest Artist engagements throughout Korea and America, and danced with Korean National Ballet Theatre and Dayton Ballet Theatre in the states. Throughout his career Jay has performed a repertoire of over 40 ballets including 13 full lengths, 20 ballets, and 8 Balanchine ballets. He was featured in over 12 media works which highlights include a dance review in the New York Times, a book feature in Dance in Korea, featured articles in Dance and People , Dance Forum, Madame Figaro, and Debebe magazines, and was featured in a live 30‐minute television talk show appearance on ‘Arirang International’ television stations program ‘Heart to Heart’.
Professor Kim earned his MFA with an emphasis in Teaching and Choreography from the University of Utah. He earned his BFA from the Sejong University, in Seoul, Korea, with a focus in Ballet, Contemporary, Modern, and Korean Folk Dance. Jay received his fundamental training from the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington D.C. and the Dance Arts Institute in Kwang‐Ju, South Korea.
He currently is Assistant Professor at the University of Utah Ballet Program. He has previously served as Artistic Director of Utah Ballet, Director of the Metropolitan Ballet Academy and Theatre, Adjunct Faculty at the Sejong University, Director of the Art Ballet Center in Seoul, Korea and Ballet Faculty at the Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre among others.
He has staged over 25 ballets of the classical and contemporary repertoire. His original choreographic works include ‘Binari’, ‘Etudes’, ‘Elegy’, ‘The Human Experience’, and ‘Metamorphosis’ that have incorporated the use of multimedia, creative lighting, self-designed and created costumes, and art installations. In 2011 Oakland University’s Great Lakes Dance Festival commissioned his choreographic work Elegy where he also served as guest faculty and instructed technique and choreography.
Since 2012 Jay has continued to serve as a committee member and as faculty for the Korea International Ballet Competition, a UNESCO‐registered event in its 6th year held annually in Seoul, Korea. Jay instructs ballet technique classes to both competitors and workshop participants and serves on the organizational committee.
In spring of 2013, as Artistic Director of Utah Ballet, Professor Kim presented 8 contemporary series performances of ‘Choreographers of the Far East’ that featured 25 Utah Ballet Company dancers and 6 Department of Ballet men in a production with three World Premieres created by choreographers all hailing from Asia. Works included ‘Passion There’, by guest choreographer Ma Cong from Beijing, China, ‘The Permeation of Consciousness’ and ‘Transcendence’ , by guest choreographer Dr. Jung Shik Roh from Seoul, Korea, and ‘Binari’, by Professor Kim.
In summer of 2013, by invitation, Professor Kim took 11 Utah Ballet dancers and 9 Character Dance Ensemble dancers to Seoul, Korea and participated in a 10‐day international exchange and joint presentation performance with the Korean Ballet Theatre in Seoul, South Korea. Dancers presented Professor Kim’s original choreographic work ‘Binari’ and Dr. Jung Shik Roh’s work ‘Transcendence’ along side classical works presented by the Korean Ballet Theatre at the Nowon Cultural Arts Theatre, a 1000 seat auditorium, for two performances for the people of Seoul. Dancers participated in joint company classes with the Korean Ballet Theatre and a Master Class Workshop Series hosted by the leading professors and ballet masters of Korea at the Sejong University that included Ballet, Modern, and Korean Folk Dance classes. Students also attended performances of ‘Shim Chung’, The Blindman’s Daughter, presented by the Universal Ballet Company, at National Theater of Korea.
In November 2012, while serving as Artistic Director, Jay co‐directed and co‐staged a classical full-length production of ‘Swan Lake’ for Utah Ballet for 8 performances. The performances were received with glowing reviews to a house filled to capacity. ‘The Daily Utah Chronicle’ featured an article stating “…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” by Lynette Randall. Additionally, while serving as Artistic Director of Utah Ballet, Jay established an Outreach Program that enabled 1200 public school students and local dance students to attend free performances of Utah Ballet throughout the year.
Jay is thrilled to serve as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Ballet at the University of Utah where he instructs Technique to Upper and Lower Divisions, Men’s Class, Partner Adagio, Choreography, and Introduction to Production.