WE BELIEVE THAT DANCE IS FOR EVERYONE
Dedicated to the art of dance in the city of Detroit, Artlab J strives to create spaces where people of all ages and abilities can learn and grow through dance. We believe that dance is for everyone!
About ArtLab J
Founded in 2012 by artistic director Joori Jung, ArtLab J as a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization has continued to develop and grow its various programs under its three branches that function to advance dance, promote the arts, and engage the people. Through these branches, Dance, Education, and “Lab,” ArtLab J creates a variety of opportunities for both audience members and artists alike to engage and connect.
•Formation of a highly professional dance company providing professional training and experience for Detroit dance artists, now performing throughout the state and on tour
•Training young artists 11-18 to learn the vital skills of technique, performance, teamwork and choreography, presented as ArtLabJ II
•Open classes for the public and a special group of “Grown-up Dancers” who participate in the challenges of ballet, modern dance, geared to their needs and skills
•Producing our lab programs, with regularly scheduled performances providing a performance venue, production and promotion for Metro Detroit dance studios, companies and individual artists to present their work to a live audience.
ABOUT Joori Jung
Joori Jung is the Founder of ArtLab J and Artistic Director and Choreographer of ArtLab J Dance. Originally from Seoul, Korea, she received her B.A (2006) and M.A in dance from Kyung Hee University in 2008. She toured internationally with the Seoul Dance Theatre from 2004-2007. She danced with various dance companies in Korea before moving to New York in 2009. She then joined Time Lapse Dance and Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre and began her own choreographic work in New York. In 2012, she moved to Detroit to achieve her goal to expand contemporary dance as well as the arts community in Detroit and decided to establish ArtLab J in 2012.
Through ArtLab J, she produces and directs the 3 day, international Detroit Dance City Festival. Jung is also the curator of many other ‘lab’ projects, including the local choreography showcase Detroit Dance Race, collaboration concert Detroit Revival Project, Moving with Detroit networking group, and is the publisher of the annual Moving With Detroit Dance Resource Magazine.
Jung has also been a 2014 Ted Fellow, and the Detroit Dance City Festival was a 2014 Knight Arts Challenge winner. Last year, under Jung’s direction, ArtLab J will co-curate dance programming for the Detroit Institute of Arts to supplement the upcoming special exhibit on dance.
Jung has taught workshops at Wayne State, the University of Michigan, and Eastern Michigan, as well as at the Oakland Dance Festival, Detroit Dance City Festival, Dance in the Mitten, Michigan Dance Festival, Savage Dance Festival, and more.
Her work has been presented at the 2014 TedX at Detroit Opera House, 313 to the 212 at Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Summer Stage at Grand Circus Park, Ann Arbor Art Fair, Oakland Dance Festival, The Current Sessions (NYC), Dumbo Dance Festival(NYC), Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Mix @ the Max, Sidewalk Festival of Performing Arts, New Dance for Asia(South Korea) and Poland. Jung’s story has appeared in Dance Teacher Magazine, Crain Business, Creative Exchange, and Yonhap News.
Art Design Director
Seline Saebyul Lim calls her self a 5D designer, who can manage both in 2D and 3D design field.
Seline was born in South Korea where she studied Industrial Design and Visual Communication Design at Ewha Women’s University. After finish her BFA in Korea 2008, she came to USA, and earned MFA in 3D Design at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. She worked as a designer/merchandiser for Casamia, which is one of the famous home decor and furniture company in Korea after her MFA, and she has been working as a freelance designer in US as well. With her variety experience not only as a designer, but a merchandiser, Seline would like to improve the general branding part of ArtLab J.
Dance Program Coordinator
Natasha Radford currently in Detroit, has been working for ArtLab J as both a Professional Contemporary Dancer and as the Dance Program Coordinator since July 2017. Originally from the suburbs of Detroit, Radford relocated to Indiana where she received a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology and a Contemporary Dance Major from Indiana University (IU) in 2016. During her time as a dance major at IU she studied under many known companies such as; Abraham in Motion, Limon, Hubbard Street, and Keigwin and Company.
Her continuous love and passion for movement and fitness, encouraged her to obtain certifications in both STOTT Pilates (2013) and Vinyasa Yoga (2014) during her time in undergraduate school. She now uses these certifications to further her career and to pursue her other passion of studying the movements of the body, working as a Physical Therapy Technician since March of 2018.
Since joining ArtLab J in 2017 she has performed in two Detroit Dance City Festivals, three Detroit Dance Races, ArtLab J’s Spring Dance Concert, Detroit Welcoming Week, Dancing Forward: We Remain, Detroit, and Oakland Dance Festival along with many others. Radford has also worked on coordinating ArtLab J events and programs such as the Detroit Dance City Festival, The Detroit Dance Race, ArtLab J’s Scholarship Summit, and ArtLab J’s Outreach programs including teaching at Alternatives for Girls and building a partnership with the many Detroit Public Libraries to teach creative movement classes.
KNIGHT ARTS CHALLENGE WINNER 2015
To support Detroit Dance City Festival, a three-day celebration that provides an opportunity for local and national artists to present their work and strengthen ties in Detroit's dance community
With two years under its belt, the Detroit Dance City Festival works to strengthen the local dance community by providing three days of master classes by professional and emerging artists. With the help of challenge funding, the festival will expand in coming years, to include additional programming, national and international artist residencies and ultimately a permanent home for organizers ARTLAB J that includes a black box theater and studio space.