Originally from Nebraska, Vivian is a choreographer, performer, and teaching artist based in Boulder, CO. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance at the University of Nebraska Lincoln (UNL) under the direction of Susan Levine-Orada. At UNL, she had the opportunity to perform in pieces choreographed by: Jenna Riegel, Kendra Portier, Kayvon Pourazar, STREB: Pop Action Company, any many more. In 2018, she received her MFA in Performance and Choreography for Dance with a secondary emphasis in the Alexander technique from the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder). Here, she had the opportunity to perform and study under: Helanius J. Wilkins, Gesel Mason, Larry Southall, Rennie Harris, Nii Armah Sowah, and many others.
Currently, Vivian is a dance educator in the Denver/Boulder area. She is an adjunct instructor at Red Rocks Community College at Lakewood (RRCC). Here she also acts as the Artistic Director of the RRCC Pre-Professional Dance Company. In addition to RRCC, this is Vivian’s first year as a guest artist at The Denver School of the Arts teaching Jazz technique. Vivian is also a freelance instructor teaching workshop and master classes for dance companies and dance studios around the Denver/Boulder area.
The research that fuels Vivian’s creative process circulates around identity and external perceptions of identity from two different cultures- Korean and U.S. American. She is most interested in how the ancient Confucius Analects for women continue to stifle East Asian women in the 21st century. How does her traditionalist Korean upbringing conflict, coincide, merge, disrupt, and dispute the looser expectations of U.S. American culture? She’s interested in creating dance works based on her personal experiences but abstracted to allow for more connection, conversation, and reflection on subjects that aren’t highlighted in today’s media.