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Tae-ji Choi
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Introduction artistic director | tae-ji choi

tae-ji choi was appointed as the 6th artistic director of the korea national ballet in 2008. she was born in kyoto, japan and performed as a dancer there from 1968 to 1980. her first performance for the korea national ballet was <scheherazade>, in 1983, and she performed as guest dancer then.
she became a regular member of the korea national ballet in 1987 and danced as prima ballerina until 1992. she acted as member of the direction committee from 1993 to 1995 and worked as the 3rd head and artistic director of the korea national ballet from 1996 to 2001. she created ballet with commentary, an entirely new and popular program, and collaborated on a work with world artists such as yuri grigorovich and jean-christophe maillot. also she has been a strong manager of the company. as the result of her efforts like above, she was able to create the first star marketing strategy in the korean dance world while playing a decisive role in development of korean ballet as one of todays popular art genres. the korea national ballet, together with all members and staff is endeavoring to jump into the 21th century under the slogan of "globalization, refinement and popularization of the korea national ballet".


biographical introduction
1987~1992 | principal dancer of the korea national ballet
1993~1995 | member of the direction committee of the korea national ballet
1996~dec. 2001 | head and artistic director of the korea national ballet
2000~2001 | principal of the ballet academy affiliated with the korea national ballet
sep. 2001~mar. 2002 | adjunct professor of department of dance, sungkyunkwan university
jun. 2004~dec. 2007 | director of the chongdong theatre
sep. 2004~aug. 2006 | director of jung-gu cultural foundation
may 2005~oct. 2006 | member of the presidential committe on the government innovation & decentralization
jul. 2005~jun. 2007 | member of the permanent committee of the national unification advisory council
List of Awards
  • awards
  • best prima ballerina by the korea ballet association (1996)
  • honorary award by the korea ballet association (2002)
  • ‘award for culture, arts and sports by jung-gu office, seoul promotion of culture and arts division (2005)
  • citation of the national unification advisory council (2006)
  • paradise award by the committee of paradise award (2008)
  • yechong artistic & cultural award by the federation of artistic & cultural organizations of korea (2009)
  • ‘best trainer’ of the 11th arabesque competition (2010)
  • career as juror for the international dance competitions
  • the lausanne international ballet concours, switzerland (1999)
  • the asian pacific international ballet competition, japan (1999, 2001, 2003)
  • (korean winner: hae-min hwang <silver medal>, jung-yoon lim <bronze medal>)
  • the moscow international ballet competition (2001)
  • (korean winner: joo-won kim <bronze medal>, won-kuk lee <best partner>)
  • the kazan international ballet competition, russia (2001)
  • (korean winner: woon-gyu jang <gold medal>, ji-young kim <silver medal>)
  • the benois de la danse, russia (2005)
  • (korean winner: joo-won kim)
  • the moscow international ballet competition (2009)
  • (korean winner: li-hoe kim & dong-hoon lee <silver medal in duet>
Major work
  • present activities
  • since jan. 1, 2007 | member of board of directors of the seoul foundation art and culture
  • since jan. 2008 | artistic director of the korea national ballet
  • since jan. 2008 | member of board of directors of the seoul arts center
  • since jan. 2008 | member of board of directors of the goyang cultural foundation
  • since jan. 2008 | member of the advisory commitee of the yeosu expo 2012