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 12-18 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.
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 is a contemporary dancer in the city of Detroit. She has been working with ArtLab J since July of 2017 as both a Company Dancer, and the Dance Program Coordinator. Originally from the suburbs of Detroit, she relocated to Indiana to receive her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology and Contemporary Dance Major from Indiana University in 2016. In 2014 she worked directly with Selene Carter and folk singers Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz to create movement and perform in the filming of the music video for “Rabbit”. From 2014-2015 she trained and performed with Inmotion Dance Company, a student run organization at IU. Her continuous love and passion for movement and fitness, encouraged her to obtain certifications in both STOTT Pilates (2013) and Vinyasa Yoga (2014) while in undergraduate school. In 2016 she began teaching Yoga at Twin Lakes Recreational Center, and continued teaching up until she moved back to Detroit in 2017. Moving back to Detroit, and being able to be a part of something that is expanding art and movement to the community has become a dream come true for her.
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.