At the age of 4, Hyosun Choi mimicked her parents during their ballroom dance classes. An observing instructor offered to teach her. Around that time, she followed her cousin to a Korean cultural dance school and afterwards, declared that she was going to learn. Upon quickly mastering the Korean drums, fans, and swords, she performed regularly. At 7, she was winning National and Regional Ballroom Dance Competitions, including the Grand Prix. Due to family concerns that she might continue on the route to becoming a professional ballroom dancer, Hyosun had to quit. A few years later, she had to stop Korean cultural dance to focus on her schooling. This began a decade-long separation from dance.
After graduating as high school valedictorian, Hyosun attended USC on a scholarship with acceptance to their accelerated pre-pharmacy program. To her parents' disappointment, Hyosun announced that she did not want to follow her father's footsteps as a pharmacist after graduating in 3 years with a B.A in Biology and a minor in Cinema. During her last year, having enrolled in a jazz class on a whim, Hyosun was asked to join USC's Jazz II Dance Company, and to perform for both faculty and student choreographers. One of the graduating choreographers she was paired up with was Kate Hutter, co-founder of Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company (LACDC), who would hire her years later.
Hyosun began recreationally dancing at EDGE Performing Arts Center as she secretly pursued professional acting while studying at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. Surrendering to family pressure, she went to New York Law School. In New York, she took open classes at Atlantic Acting School, Alvin Ailey, Broadway Dance Center (BDC) and STEPS. BDC's faculty teacher, Ginger Cox, invited her to join LiNK Dance Company. This launched her professional dance career.
Within a few weeks of moving back to Los Angeles, she auditioned for LACDC and was hired. Hyosun currently dances with LACDC, Invertigo Dance Theatre, and Iris Company. She is a certified trainer in the Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis Methods, works as a Corporate Trainer at Bank of Hope, is admitted to the State Bar in CA and NY, plays cello, piano, and guitar, composes music, and reads. Books. Now and then, she sleeps. She is very happy.
All photos by Joe Lambie.