Seyong Kim

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Seyong Kim
Associate Professor
(269) 387-5723
3119 Dalton Center, Mail Stop 5417
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Department of Dance
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5417
  • M.A., Dance Education, New York University
  • M.A./B.A., Dance, Sung-Kyun-Kwan University, South Korea
  • Certified Movement Analyst, Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movment Studies, NYC
  • ABT Certified Teacher, American Ballet Theatre
  • PBT Certified Teacher, Progressing Ballet Technique
  • RSDE, ISMETA Registered Somatic Dance Educator
  • RSME/T, International Somatic Movement Educator and Therapy Association
  • Certified Somatic Ballet Teacher, Somatic Ballet (Seoul, South Korea)
  • Diversity and Inclusion Certificate, Cornell University

Seyong Kim, an Associate Professor of Dance at Western Michigan University, holds an MA in Dance Education from NYU Steinhardt and an MA in Dance from Sung-Kyun-Kwan University (Seoul, South Korea). He is a CMA (Certified Movement Analyst) from Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, a RSDE (Registered Somatic Dance Educator), and a PBT (Progressing Ballet Technique) Certified Teacher. Seyong is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 of the American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum. Furthermore, he earned the Diversity and Inclusion Certificate from Cornell University. Seyong is a professional member of CID (International Dance Council in Paris, France) and AGMA (American Guild of Musical Artists).

Seyong has taught for Rutgers University, Kent State University, The University of Georgia, Randolph College, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Peridance, Steps On Broadway, Texas A&M International University, Middlesex County College, Libera University in Italy, World Dance Alliance-America (WDAA), American College Dance Association (ACDA), Cecchetti Council of America, Eisenhower Dance Detroit, Michigan Youth Arts Festival (MYAF), Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, National High School Dance Festival, Alabama Dance Festival, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Dance Now! Miami, West Hawaii Dance Theatre, Chicago Repertory Ballet, Ballet 5:8, Hamilton Ballet Theater, Charlottesville Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet, and Ballet Preljocaj.

Seyong’s research interest is to explore Inter/Multi/Trans-cultural perspectives in dance and his research was invited to present at European Association for Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies Conference (Loheland, Germany), Indonesia University of Education International Conference (Bandung, West Java), Hawaii University International Conference (Honolulu, Hawaii), and The Society of Korean Dance Studies International Symposium (Seoul, South Korea). Seyong was also invited to present his research as a Franklin Visiting Scholar and a Distinguished Artist at The University of Georgia.

As a professional dancer, Seyong has danced with the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center, Albania National Ballet Theatre, Baltimore Ballet, Staten Island Ballet, Traverse City Dance Project, Neglia Ballet, Roxey Contemporary Ballet, TAKE Dance, and Oakland Ballet Company. In addition, his choreographic works have been internationally invited at Landestheater Coburg in Germany, Florence Dance on Screen Festival in Italy, International Contemporary Dance Festival of Mexico City, Taiwan JueDai Taipei International Dance Festival, ProArteDanza in Canada, Seoul International Dance Festival in TANK, Lebanon International Dance Festival, Battery Dance Festival, Palm Desert Choreography Festival, American Dance Guild Festival, Lindenwood University, Cleveland Dance Festival, Richmond Dance Festival, Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival, Chicago International Dance Forum, Detroit Dance City Festival, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, Orlando Contemporary Dance Choreography Festival, Oklahoma International Dance Festival, Breaking Ground Contemporary Dance Festival, Washington International Dance Festival, CrossCurrent Asian-American Dance Festival, Booking Dance Festival at Jazz in Lincoln Center, and Movement Research at the Judson Church.