LJD dancer Min-Seon Kim, who joined the company in spring 2012, is quite the versatile mover and adds her unique understanding of different dance styles to the movement of LJD repertory.
Originally from BuCheon, South Korea, Min started her ballet training at Swan Ballet School. She explains that she was an extremely active child with much energy.
"My mother put me into art class, calligraphy class, baduk (a Korean board game) class to discipline and cultivate calm in me," Min recalls. "She realized sitting still did not help. And that's how I ended up in a dance class."
She had only studied ballet until high school, when, at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, Min took her first Martha Graham-based modern class. Min went on to attend Marymount Manhattan College, where she continued to be exposed to other choreographers and ways of moving. She found herself actually more interested in modern-based contemporary work and was eager to find a place in a company of that style upon graduation.
When Min auditioned for LJD and witnessed Lydia's fusion of ballet vocabulary with contemporary movement, however, the "ballerina" inside of Min was intrigued.
"I noticed myself enjoying this strong ballet vocabulary," Min adds. "It felt good. And I received good, welcoming energy from Lydia and the company members on the first day of rehearsal."
Since then, Min has learned and originated many roles in the LJD repertory. One of her favorite works is
Night of the Flying Horses, in which she at first understudied dancer Sarah Pon's role and will perform in the work this season. In
Giving Way, last year's premiere and another of Min's favorites, Min was able to develop a deep partnering relationship with Chazz McBride, as Lydia set many passages for these two dancers who move beautifully together.
"I felt that, during the creative process, Lydia explored more deeply my natural way of moving," Min says of Giving Way.
Perhaps this freedom of individuality is Min's favorite part about dancing with LJD. "In LJD, dancers have individuality and their personal interpretation of Lydia's work and still look together as one," Min explains. "Also, company members are aware of each other's energy, creating an atmosphere and storyline together. I love working in this environment and feel so lucky to be in a company full of movers with awareness."
In addition to her work with LJD, Min has also been dancing a completely different style over the past few years: Korean Pop (K-Pop) dance, which uses hip hop and street style choreography to the tune of Korean pop music. She dances with a crew called I LOVE DANCE and performs in Korean culture-related events around the New York area.
When not dancing, Min says she enjoys personal time at home, likes to cook or bake and watch movies.
"It sounds cheesy, but I feel alive when I dance," she says. "Movements created through me, being able to express, interact with one another, being inspired and inspiring others make me realize how awesome it is to be a mover."
Come see Min at LJD's upcoming Genesis of a Dance Salon and also at the company's March 2016 NYC Season!