Festival Director

Joori Jung is the Founder of ARTLAB J and Artistic Director and Choreographer of ARTLAB J DANCE. 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 ARTLAB J, 2012.

Jung has taught workshops at Wayne State, the University of Michigan, and Eastern Michigan, as well as at the Oakland County Dance Fest. ARTLAB J DANCE has performed in venues such as the the Detroit Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Grand Circus Park, Ann Arbor Art Fair, Oakland Dance Festival, The Current Sessions (NYC), The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Mix at the Max, the Sidewalk Festival of Performing Arts, and the Detroit Opera house for TedX. This year, ARTLAB J DANCE will perform in South Korea as a part of a new exchange program. ARTLAB J was also the recipient of a Knight Arts Challenge matching grant in the Summer of 2014. This grant will help support the 2015 and 2016 DDCF.




Adriel Ruben is the Education Director of ARTLAB J, a member of ARTLAB J DANCE, and is a program co-ordinator for Detroit Dance City Festival. Adriel has been involved in the world of the physical arts since he was 7. Starting his education in Brazil, he began with gymnastics, acrobatics, and the art of mime and theatre at Mimeistry International. Continuing his education, he received his BA in Physical Education from the Catholic University in São Paulo and joined the circus circuit as a dancer and aerialist. In 2009 he moved to California to study Physical Theatre with the master Todd Farley based on techniques of Marceau Marcel, Etienne Decroux, and Jaques Lecoq. In concurrence with his training, Adriel was able to work with renowned choreographers such as Mia Michaels, Tabitha and Napoleon, Brian Friedman and more at the Millennium Dance Complex and worked at the Disney Adventure Park as a dancer. Adriel received further training in Moscow, Russia for Musical Theatre at GITIS under direction of Dmitry Bergman and Timofey Sopolev. Adriel has now been in Michigan for 4 years and Detroit for 2 years and feels that the passion in this dance community is something he hasn’t seen in any other place in the world. 




Breeann is the Marketing Director at ARTLAB J and member of the ARTLAB J DANCE COMPANY. A current student at Wayne State University, studying Dance, Business and Art History, she will graduate with a BS in 2017. She holds an Associate Degree in Business Administration from Oakland Community College, and attended College of Creative Studies for Product and Graphic Design. She traveled with Revolution Dance Competition as a tabulator for 3 years. Administrative Assistant, Teacher, and Costume Designer at Big City Dance Center. Since attending Wayne State University, she has committed herself  to community based dance in the city, importance of integration of technology into the dance world, graphic design and photography. Breeann has attended various dance complexs and workshops such as Complexions Detroit Summer Intensive, EDGE Performing Arts Center, Millennium Dance Complex, and has trained under Meg Paul, Biba Bell, and Joori Jung.




2016 DDCF Interns

Emily Harrison

Marisa Petrarca

Erin Flory

Rebecca Espinoza

Reagan Liberatore

Breanna Espinoza

Brooke MacIntyre

Brittany MacIntyre

Natalie Messer

Rachel Hovermale

Samhita Rao

Kayli Bottorff

Allie Brown

Presley Alt

Marisa Petrarca

Anna Connolly

Sarah MacIntyre,

Sydney Shaw


Operation Staff : Rui de Oliveira, Marco Limm

Intern Coordinator: Pamela MacIntrye

Photographers: Scott Lipiec & Pamela MacIntrye

Videographers: Anton Taister, Nick Caramagno

Artists Manager: Kasi Seguin

Welcome Center Manager:s Lisa Allai-Stop, Jaide King-Griffin

Lighting Designer: Robert Glowacki

Stage Manager: Kenneth Balazovich

Gala VIP Manager

Lighting Designer: Brenna Birr

Stage Manager: Erica Frasier

Stage Manager: Maria Simpkins

Dance Film Fest & Movers and Shakers Lunch Film

Curator: Marcus White