Hayoung Roh was born in Seoul, South Korea and moved to the US when she was 2 years old. Starting dance at the age of 4, she received the majority of her dance training at Civic Dance Center in Bakersfield, CA. She then attended Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) and received her classical ballet, pointe, contemporary, and modern dance training there under the direction of Steven Hyde and Julie Friedrich and performed annually at the Sergerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, CA. She is also alumna of Westside Dance Project, directed by Jessie Riley. In her senior year, she was awarded “2014 Artist of the Year for Dance” by the Orange County Register.
Hayoung received her BFA at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and worked with choreographers such as Loni Landon, Stephanie Batten Bland, and Giada Ferrone. During her second year at NYU, Hayoung had the honor of performing ‘Polaris’, choreographed by Crystal Pite, at the New York City Center alongside Pite’s internationally renowned company, Kidd Pivott. Hayoung was also chosen for NYU’s summer study abroad program in Prague, Czech Republic and has danced at other summer intensives such as Jacob’s Pillow, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Perry Mansfield, and the Juilliard intensive, among others. She became interested in urban dance choreography when she moved to NYC in an effort to become as versatile a dancer as possible and has performed and competed at events such as Prelude, Defining Rhythm, and The Drop.
After graduating, Hayoung moved to Macau, China and was dancing and puppeteering as part of the original cast of Destiny, MGM Cotai’s resident show choreographed by Travis Payne. Travis Payne was the choreographer of Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” World Tour and associate producer of the film. He danced for Michael and Janet Jackson, Prince, Debbie Allen, amongst others. During Hayoung’s time in China, she had the opportunities to be a backup dancer for Grammy-award winning artist, Kylie Minogue, perform in the opening ceremony of MGM Cotai, and choreograph and perform with the critically-acclaimed Blue Man Group for the grand opening of the Bellagio Shanghai.
Hayoung is pushing her boundaries not only as a concert world dancer but also as a commercial one. She is always ready to learn, always looking forward to continually honing the craft of dance. Psalm 30:11 You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy.