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Performances - Dance
KWAK Ballet Academy
Saturday, February 13, 2016, 7 p.m.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., 702-229-6383
Admission: $10 in advance and $15 at the door
The Kwak Ballet Academy was established with the goal of training young talents through a more professional and systematic method of ballet education under the guidance of Kydong Kwak and Yoomie Lee, who stood center stage for 20 years with the Universal Ballet and Seoul Ballet Theatre in Korea, as well as the Nevada Ballet Theatre in the U.S.
Kyudong Kwak was born in Daegu Korea and began his ballet training at an early age with the Universal Ballet Company. Later he received additional training at the Kirov Ballet Academy in Washington D.C. He won the gold medal at the Korean Dance Competition and in 1992, won the silver medal at the Dong-Ah Ballet Competition. He was the first Asian guest dancer at the Kirov Ballet in 1993. Kyudong danced with the Universal Ballet Company for eight years and with the Seoul Ballet Theatre for three years as principal dancer. His career in Nevada began in 1998 at Nevada Ballet Theatre as a principal dancer, and later advanced to ballet master. Kyudong has an extensive fan base in the Las Vegas Community.
Yoomi Lee was born in Seoul, Korea and graduated from Sun-Hwa Arts School. She received additional training at the Kirov Ballet Academy in Washington D.C. before going on to dance with the Universal Ballet Company for eleven years; she danced numerous supporting and lead roles. In 1991, she competed in and earned the Silver medal in the Dong-ah Competition. In 1999 she joined Nevada Ballet Theatre and was promoted to principal dancer in 2003. Now she is the Las Vegas Ballet Company ballet mistress and principal dancer. For more information on the KWAK Ballet Academy, visit http://www.kwakballet.com/.