Kim choeychan, instructor

Kim is originally from Eugene Oregon and fell in love with dancing at a young age. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in dance from the University or Oregon in 2014 where she spent her time performing in multiple shows, teaching, and touring with the University of Oregon Repertory Dance Company as a lighting designer. Kim served as a board member for a student organization called Dance Oregon, helping to provide opportunities for dancers outside of the University setting. Her continued studies include the winter American Dance Festival, Joe Goode's summer dance intensive, AWOL Dance Collectives’ adult professional aerial training program Fly Co., and studying the gaga movement language at the Suzanne Dellal Centre in Tel Aviv, Israel. She is honored to have received an apprenticeship position with AWOL Dance Company this season, fulfilling her dream of becoming a professional dance artist. In her free time she enjoys a good pun, hiking, skiing, spending time with her husband, and pulling pranks on her closest friends.

She teaches: HipHop


Get to know Kim better:

When did you start dancing and why did you keep dancing?  I started dancing at the age of 3 when my mom enrolled me in classes at our local studio in Springfield, OR. At one point, I took a year off of dance to pursue sports. I went to watch the recital during that year to support my friends, and knew I had to go back. I haven't looked back since. Dancing is my biggest passion in life.

Why did you want to become a dance instructor?  I became in instructor because I see how dance enriches people's lives on multiple facets. In addition to being a wonderful outlet for self-expression, dance is an essential component to a well-rounded education. It focuses on team-building, project completion, performance, diligence, patience, perseverance, and more! Being able to teach these skills to youth in a hands-on way gives them the tools to success.

Do you still dance or take dance lessons even though you are an instructor?  Absolutely! I try to take at least 2 classes per week in addition to teaching and rehearsing. Taking class allows me to focus on improving my own technique, to take risks, and be pushed in new ways.

What is your favorite style of dance and why?  Honestly, I cannot choose! I love all styles of dance for different reasons.

What is the hardest part about dance to you and why?  The hardest part about dance for me has always been receiving critical feedback without self-judgement. Over the years, I have gotten much better about this. It is easy to see feedback a negative, rather than seeing it as an opportunity for mentorship.

What is your favorite thing to do outside of the studio or besides teaching dance?  I love to spend time outside with my husband and/or friends. From hiking to skiing, or floating down the river-that is where I want to be!

What is your favorite dance quote and why? “Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion. ” -Martha Graham

Technique provides us with the tools to convey an idea, but our passion to dance is our foundation. It is what brings us to the studio every single day. Some of my favorite artists to watch aren't the ones with the highest kicks, or craziest tricks. Those are all icing on the cake. But what about the quieter moments? The slight movement of a hand, a shift in one's gaze, a deeper connection with the audience. These are the moments that can be the most captivating.