She is a dancer, choreographer and dance educator. Originally from Seoul, Korea, she received her B.A (2006) and M.A (2008) in dance from Kyung Hee University. She toured internationally with the Seoul Dance Theatre from 2004-2007. She performed with numerous dance companies in Korea before moving to New York in 2009. There she joined Time Lapse Dance and Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre and began her own choreographic work. In 2012, she moved to Detroit to pursue her dreams of expanding contemporary dance as well as the City’s arts community and decided to establish ArtLab J in 2012.
Through ArtLab J, she produces and directs the 3 day, international Detroit Dance City Festival. Jung is also the curator of many other ‘lab’ projects, including the local choreography showcase Detroit Dance Race, collaboration concert Detroit Revival Project. Jung has also been a 2014 Ted Fellow, and the Detroit Dance City Festival was a 2014 Knight Arts Challenge winner. 2016 under Jung’s direction, ArtLab J was co-curate dance programming for the Detroit Institute of Arts to supplement the special exhibit on dance 2016.
Originally from Detroit, Lara has been involved with ArtLab J for three years, and is currently in her second season with ArtLab J I as a professional contemporary dancer. Lara holds a BA from Kalamazoo College, where she taught, choreographed, and performed with Frelon Dance Company. In 2008, Lara made Florence, Italy her second home, earning an MA in Art History through a fellowship with Syracuse University’s Florence Graduate Program in Renaissance Art, and teaching art history abroad for six years before returning to the Detroit area and reconnecting with her love of dance through ArtLab J. She has since appeared in a varied body of works including Caution (’17), We Remain, Detroit (’17-‘18), Distance (’18), Thorn (’18), Instinct (’18-‘19), Interview (’19), Submerge (’19), and choreographer Kangseok Lee’s Inside (’18).
Lara currently teaches and choreographs as Assistant Director of ArtLab J’s “Grown-ups” program, which empowers individuals to embrace expression through dance at any stage in life. In March, Lara joined the DDCF team, thrilled to be part of a project that works to build Detroit’s visibility as a major epicenter for creativity and diversity in the field of dance today.