Joori Jung is the Founder of artLab J and Artistic Director and Choreographer of artLab J Dance Company. Originally from Seoul, Korea, She received her B.A (2006) and M.A in dance from Kyung Hee University in 2008. She toured internationally with the Seoul Dance Theatre from 2004-2007 and she was Final List Performance at the 2007 Seoul International Dance Competition and 3rd prize performance at the 2007 Korea National Dance Competition. She danced with various dance companies in Korea before moving to New York in 2009. She then joined Time Lapse Dance and Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre and began her own choreographic work in New York. In 2012, she moved to Detroit to achieve her goal to expand contemporary dance as well as the arts community in Detroit and decided to establish the artLab J. 2012.
artLab J is a non-profit organization to provide a space for literary and performing arts and to help build a larger and stronger dance community in the city of Detroit encouraging more unity between the city, the metro area’s dance companies and studios, individuals and beyond bridging the gap between other cities, as well. artLab J encourages artists to present their work, giving them an opportunity to contribute to the cultivation of the arts. artLab J hosts dance classes, the Detroit Dance Race (a showcase and choreographic opportunity for emerging artists several times per year), and is planning the first annual Detroit Dance City Festival for August 23 – 25.
What to Expect at the Detroit Dance City Festival
Over the years, Detroit has turned from a once roaring motor city, to the epicenter of flourishing creatives and entrepreneurship. New business ventures budding by the day, art and music creation in full swing, and then there is dance. Dance is Detroit’s best-kept secret, and in the summer of 2013, artLab J is ready to let the cat out of the bag! We will host the first annual Detroit Dance City Festival. Our goal is to bring to light to the emerging dance scene, and bring to the stage Detroit’s finest talent. In addition to amazing performances, we will bring together renowned names in dance to have them share their knowledge to all those whom attend the festival. We hope to have Metro Detroit dancers and all others alike come together and celebrate the art of DANCE!