[Owner / Directrice / Artistic Director,
Director of Principal Company and Senior Company]
Kim was born and raised in the heart of Baltimore City and is a dance graduate of Baltimore School for the Arts where she studied under the direction of a former dancer of the Dutch National Ballet, New York Negro Ballet, American Ballet, and Principal with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Master Mr. Sylvester Campbell, American Ballet Theatre trained dancer Norma Pera, and Ms. Stephanie Powell, Artistic Director of Baltimore Dance Tech, Carver Center for the Arts and Master instructor and choreographer to Alonzo King, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Dallas Black Dance Theater (who Kim still mentors under and takes classes with to this day) and jazz instructor Miss Susan Lawrence.
She began dancing at the age of 2 with Miss Alice Bradfield. Between the ages of 10-13, she studied under the direction of Ms. Paula Callou, former premiere danseuse with the Paris Opera Ballet. Kim has studied with instructors from American Ballet Theatre and Maryland Ballet, as well as Mandy Moore, Nat Horne, Sean Curran, Gregg Russell, Rennie Harris, Bob Rizzo, Ballet Master David Howard, Finis Jhung, Geo Hubela, Lane Napper, and former New York City Ballet dancers Suzanne Farrell and Susan Jaffe. Kim has had class, studied, and mentored with amazing Alvin Ailey dancer and choreographer, Linda Fisher-Harrell, the Artistic Director of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and attended Bill Evans’ Workshops, as well as workshops under the direction of Miss Lisa Howell and Neuromuscular specialist Deborah Vogel.
Kim has performed with many companies and studios in the Baltimore/Washington area at venues including The Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (including the Gala opening), The City and Ethnic Fairs, and various holiday specials for WJZ-TV. She also spent one year on the Baltimore Bandits Hockey Team dance squad. The Baltimore Bandits were the drafting team for the Anaheim Mighty Ducks until they were sold later that year.
Miss Kim, as all who enter the studio affectionately call her, has been teaching in all aspects of dance for thirty-five plus years including directing a program in Baltimore City for underprivileged and inner-city youth, as well as Co-directing a program for Merritt Dance Academy. Her past students have been accepted into Carver School for the Arts and Technology, Baltimore School for the Arts, and a student who was a dancer with Ailey II (The prestigious Alvin Ailey Dance Company Jr Company). With her recognized authority in the community of the arts, she provides guest choreography for The Young School of Westminster and Carroll Lutheran Schools Creative Spark program as well as an after-school dance program. Miss Kim also has provided a thriving apprenticeship program for dancers interested in becoming dance educators. Miss Kim believes “it’s important to learn how to be a dance educator in the most appropriate way energetically, spiritually and anatomically.”
Kim feels it is her privilege to be able to run her own pre-professional, non-competitive dance company right here at Taneytown Dance Center LLC. With the help of her staff and students, all their hard work and dedication, the dance company has expanded in recent years to include Senior, Junior, Apprentice, and Prep Companies as well as our Principal Dance company which is for older dancers who wish to continue their professional studies.
Kim received her 200-hour certified Yoga teacher (RYT-200) under the leadership of Michelle Young, through My Vinyasa Practice, as well as certified in Yoga for Grief and Yoga for Anxiety in December 2021, and is a registered Yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance. She is currently continuing with her certification in Yoga for Children and 300-hour.
Kim has created a thriving adult dance community at TDC offering an exclusive candlelit class for adults, as well as beginner adult dance classes in all genres.
Kim is married and lives just outside of Taneytown with her family.
Nothing brings Kim more joy than being able to inspire and build confidence in her students. Her biggest goal is to help them fall in love with the arts and feel that they can accomplish anything they set their mind to. “It is a pleasure to build an Arts community right here in our small town ~ it was so needed.”