Name: Sarah Chun
Vocation: Company dancer with Kansas City Ballet (4th season).
Photo shoot featuring Eleve Leotards. Photo Credit: Kenny Johnson
Defining Moment on Stage to Date: The moment I danced Todd Bolender’s “The Still Point” was a defining moment on stage for me. I performed it this past May and it was a ballet that really let me express the hardships I was going through at the time. It really reminded me why I chose to become a professional ballet dancer.
Septime Webre’s, Alice in Wonderland (2014). Photo Credit: Steve Wilson
Favorite Style of Dance: I appreciate all styles of dance because I love how each style makes me feel and grow differently. But I think my favorite would be contemporary/neo classical work. Even though I am classical trained, I feel that I can really let go and express myself to the fullest in contemporary movement. I have not performed Helen Pickett’s “Petal” yet but Kansas City Ballet had just learned it recently, and the movement in this ballet is very enjoyable to me.
Inspiration: My inspiration would definitely be my parents. They immigrated from South Korea and worked for everything they have today. My parents are the most hard working, humble, supportive people I’ve ever met. They drive down to Kansas City to see every program I perform in and am inspired every time I see them
Devon Carney’s restaging of Giselle (2015). Photo Credit: Steve WIlson
Favorite Dance Wear Brand: Lonereed Designs is my favorite custom dance wear brand!
Favorite Energy Breakfast: Toast with almond butter, scrambled eggs, and an apple! Yum!
Favorite thing to do on a “day off” from Work: On a day off of work, I love to go take a yoga class, spend time with friends, and read a book!
Todd Bolender’s The Nutcracker (2014). Photo Credit: Kenny Johnson
How do you blow off steam: Yoga Yoga Yoga is my way to blow off steam for sure! Ballerina Yogi for life!
Why do you think integration of dance and health is needed: I think it’s important to practice healthy eating as a dancer. Being a dancer is so mentally and physically demanding that eating healthy can really make a difference in our career. We depend on our bodies so much that it’s important for us to eat and exercise well so that we can prevent injuries and fatigue. I definitely believe in moderation when it comes to being healthy and a happy dancer!
Michael Pink’s Dracula (2014). Photo Credit: Steve Wilson
What’s next for you: In the near future, Kansas City Ballet will be working on a brand new Nutcracker, choreographed by artistic director Devon Carney. So that’s exciting! In April, I will choreograph for Kansas City Ballet’s “New Moves” program! In the far future, I hope to still be dancing happily. In my next career, I hope to maybe own my own yoga studio and teach dance on the side.
Here is a little clip of Sarah Dancing in South Korea this summer on her off-season, exploring new movement, new people, new choreography and a new space. Thanks to Sarah Chun for interviewing with dancehealthier and I wish you a happy and healthy season!