Brian Carey Chung is an assistant professor of dance (ballet) at Northern Illinois University. He is the founding artistic director and choreographer of COLLECTIVE BODY | DANCELAB, a creative think tank for the production and performance of new ballet and contemporary dance in New York City.
Mr. Chung’s performing career spanned the companies of Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, Dwight Rhoden/Desmond Richardson’s Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Tina Ramirez’ Ballet Hispanico of New York, and Karole Armitage’s Armitage Gone! Dance. Mr. Chung also served as Armitage’s company rehearsal director and as her assistant choreographer on the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park Production of HAIR, which later went to Broadway.
He has choreographed seven works for his new company and has created dances for Connecticut Ballet, Cedar Lake Ensemble II, Ballet Santa Barbara, Motion Dance + Theater, 92nd Street Y’s Harkness Center for Dance, the 2010 Aarhus International Choreographic Competition (where he was a finalist), and the 2010 Reverb Choreographic Competition of which he was a winner.
Mr. Chung holds the MFA in creative writing from New York University where he taught poetry as an adjunct professor. He teaches for Joffrey Ballet School’s summer program in New York City, and has taught dance internationally for LINES and Complexions; as well as on the ballet faculties of LINES Ballet School in San Francisco, Peridance Capezio Center, Dance New Amsterdam, and Joffrey Ballet School. Mr. Chung has also lectured and given master classes at New York University’s Tisch School, Stanford University, University of Hawaii, and University of Arizona. He is a certified GYROTONIC® instructor, an ABT Certified Teacher in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT Teacher Training curriculum, and a member of the Actors Equity Association and the American Guild of Musical Artists.