‘Rising Stars of Korea Gala’ coming to NY

Nikiya’s Act II Variation from La BayadereKorea National University of the Arts (K-Arts), a high-level artistic dance institution cultivating professionalism and excellence in students, will present 24 of its top ballet dancers, ages 17-22, for its premier Rising Stars of Korea Gala on July 11 and 12 at New York’s Symphony Space.


With an international reputation for producing quality dancers with excellent technique and sophisticated artistry, the K-Arts School of Dance has had many of its dancers receive accolades at ballet competitions worldwide. Its students learn and perfect the repertory of choreographic masters like George Balanchine and Marius Petipa in addition to critically acclaimed contemporary dance makers.


“Very often I worry about the future of ballet and dance,” remarks Diana White, former soloist of the New York City Ballet and a répétiteur with the George Balanchine Trust. “After working with the students at K-Arts and helping them prepare for this performance, I am now able to be excited and positive about the future of our precious art. I am very honest when I say that they are some of the best dancers I have seen in a very long time. The dancers are so strong in their technique, control and artistry, but above all, I could see and feel their passion. I am completely in awe, and I believe that Korean dancers have much to bring to the world.”


Repertory for the gala includes excerpts from Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, The Cavalry Halt, The Flames of Paris, Esmeralda, Swan Lake and La Bayadere, in addition to Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Stars and Stripes and works by Hoiwoong Ryu, Vasily Vinonen, Juhyun Jo, Sunhee Kim and Donggyu Kim in their entirety.


The Rising Stars of Korea Gala will take place Monday and Tuesday, July 11 and 12, 2016 at 7:30 pm. Admission is free! Symphony Space is located at 2537 Broadway at 95th Street on Manhattan’s upper west side. The theater is accessible by the 1, 2, 3, B and C trains.


Photo: K-Arts ballet student Soobin Lee in Nikiya’s Act II Variation from La Bayadere. Photo courtesy of K-Arts.