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Hee Seo – Seoul Ballerina

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Hee Seo, Seoul Ballerina

Few dancers can combine artistic brilliance with classical training, but one in particular is doing just that at a breathtaking pace. Exquisite beauty Hee Seo began her formal dance training in Seoul, South Korea, at age eleven at the Sun-hwa Arts Middle School. Blessed with an almost perfect body for ballet, Hee Seo worked hard over the years to open up emotionally and explore new movement within the realms of ballet and modern dance. As a teenager, Seo traveled to the Universal Ballet Academy in Washington D.C. where she was awarded a three-year scholarship to continue her progression as an artist and dancer. During her years at UBA, Seo became close with teacher Jacqueline Akhmedova who calls Seo the best student she has ever had. Akhmedova trained Hee for competitions and watched her grow from a young girl to a stunning, mature woman.

In 2003, Seo received a scholarship to the John Cranko Academy in Stuttgart, Germany. She then won top honors at both the 2003 Youth America Grand Prix and the 2003 Prix de Lausanne as a result of her incredible work ethic and proper use of her facility. The young performer joined the American Ballet Theatre Studio Company in 2004 and soon advanced to the Main Company as an apprentice the following year. Seo joined the Corps de Ballet in March 2006 and has been gracing audiences in such roles as the lead in Dark Elegies and in the pas de trios in the classic, Swan Lake. Hee Seo carries the classic lines of ballet with a sensuality and maturation that assures that she will be delighting audiences for many years to come.

Jillian Laub

First published in movmnt magazine “Army of Me” Winter 2006 issue