Eileen Kim

Northbrook, IL

BFA Class of 2023

Where did you train?

I started training with Stella Voskovetskaya at Irina Makkai Classical Ballet at the age of 14. For my last last two years of high school, I attended and trained at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC. After graduating high school, I trained with Erin Forrest at the Forrest Academy of Ballet NY in New York City prior to joining the Universal Ballet Company in Seoul, South Korea as an apprentice in June 2018. In January 2019, I was promoted to the corps de ballet at Universal Ballet. Summer Dance Intensives: Joffrey Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Amsterdam International Ballet Summer School, Ibstage, and Arts Umbrella.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by the world around me: the places, the people, and the cultures. I am inspired by growth born of hard work and by resilience in the face of struggle, that of my own, of others, and those of the world. I am inspired by understanding and openness and the forces of change that push past our complicated histories. I am inspired by discovery in a world of many unknowns.

Describe yourself in three words.

Passionate. Motivated. Dedicated.

Tell us a fun fact about you.

I got stitches on my chin twice in the same place, both within a span of a year.

What does it mean to be a part of USC Kaufman?

Being a part of USC Kaufman means partaking in a community of vibrant and authentic artists. It means being at the center of exchange between world-renowned dancers, choreographers, and artists and being pushed to broaden my knowledge by those with a multitude of different strengths. Here, doors to new opportunities are opened, allowing me to see the world in a bigger way.