BFA Class of 2023
Eileen Kim is a Korean American dancer and choreographer. Her engagement with dance starts with the body–how the body speaks, where the body is seen, who the body is in relationship to and the generations of history within the body.
Eileen’s physical education began as a competitive rhythmic gymnast and her journey in the arts began as a violinist. Her need to move and her love for the arts lead her to discover a passion for ballet while studying with Stella Voskovetskaya of the Mariinsky Theater. She went on to train at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington D.C. with Erin Forrest and Anton Wilson.
Her professional career began as an apprentice with Universal Ballet Company in Seoul, South Korea. Later being promoted to the corps de ballet, she performed in theaters across South Korea and abroad. Her repertoire includes Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote, La Bayadere, The Nutcracker, Minus 16 and more.
Interested in expanding her perspective and deepening her understanding of the body, Eileen decided to pursue a BFA degree at the University of Southern California Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. At USC Kaufman, she has engaged with multiple dance forms, ideologies, histories and cultures, and has had the opportunity to perform works by William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Ohad Naharin, George Balanchine, Justin Peck, Yin Yue, Penny Saunders and more. Working towards an international performance and choreographic career, Eileen aspires to share her love for dance with the communities in which she is engaged.
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