Mi Young Kim has established herself as one of the leading figures in the Korean–Canadian cultural scene. She works as a dancer, choreographer and teacher; and founded the Korean Dance Studies Society of Canada in 1979.
Born in Seoul, Mi Young Kim is an immigrant artist that already had a decorated career and history in Korea before moving to Canada.
Since the age of 5, she was taught by her father Yun Hak Kim, an influential dancer and choreographer who established his own dance school in 1945, one of the first in the country.
He personally trained and produced countless professionals in Korea, and over his 30 year career, Yun Hak Kim became widely known across the country for original repertoire, becoming a historically significant figure in shaping Korean cultural dance.
Other famous, notable figures who taught her include Man Hyang Chu, Suk Woon Yum, Geum Ryung Sung, Sung Nam Yim and Wol Young Lee.
1997 Dance of Soul
1998 We Are One 1999 Millennium Cheer
2000 Shin Myung: Shaking Spirits
2001 Celebrating Choom 50 Years
2002 Dance as a Ritual
2003 Symbiosis: A Harmony of Light and Sound
2004 Legendary Tale
2005 Root Revitalized
2006 History Story 2007 Kaksori
2008 Eui-Sik Mu 2010 The Thundering Roar
2011 60 Years of Rhythm and Movement
2012 Soo Ryu: 50 Years of Canada-Korea Diplomatic Relations
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
1997 Founder of KDSSC
1998 Chief Artist in Cultural Area – Korean Times Daily
2000 Best Award, Artistic Achievement – Korea Centural Daily
2001 Toronto Art Council – Committee member
2002 Founder of SooRyu Dance Festival
2003 Rob Ford Certificate of Acknowledgement – 60 Year Contribution to Dance
2004 Choreographer of the Year – Globe and Mail, Paula Citron
2005 Finalist of William Killborun Award for the Celebration of Toronto’s Cultural Life
2006 Gold Award, Kiwanis Dance Festival of Toronto