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Seyong Kim holds an MA in Dance Education from New York University and an MA in Dance from Sung-Kyun-Kwan University in South Korea as well as a CMA (Certified Movement Analyst) from Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York City and a RSME (Registered Somatic Movement Educator) at ISMETA (International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association). Seyong has performed in diverse professional venues across Asia, Europe, and the United States. He has danced with Metropolitan Opera Ballet at Lincoln Center, Albania Opera Ballet Theatre, Korean National Ballet Theater, Terra Firma Dance Theatre, Staten Island Ballet, Baltimore Ballet, Traverse City Dance Project, Neglia Ballet, Roxey Contemporary Ballet, TAKE Dance, and Oakland Ballet Company.
Monique Haley is a graduate of The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in performing arts, specializing in jazz dance. Monique honors nine memorable years with the prestigious River North Chicago Dance Company, as the first African- American female to join the company in 2001. Monique was featured as a dancer and ensemble member in the Disney musical The Jungle Book. In 2021, she will be featured in a multi-authored book of jazz dance educators and experts, “21st Century Jazz Dance” by editors Lindsay Guarino, Carlos Jones, and Wendy Oliver features Ms. Haley’s DEM research. Her chapter, Cultivating African Diasporic Ethos and Cultural Values in Contemporary Jazz Dance.