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Kyoungil Ong
Kyoungil Ong is a professional dancer, choreographer, and director for the OngDance Company in the United States and served as an artistic director at San Francisco Korean Culture Center and Oakland Asian Cultural Center.

Dancing since the age of four, Kyoungil Ong received her training for drum, ballet, modern and Korean traditional dance in Korea, where she graduated with top honors from the prestigious Seoul Arts High School, and from Sungkyunkwan University where she earned her B.A. in dance and her M.A. in Physical Education.

While in college, she won the coveted Gold medal for the adult women's competition in the prestigious 25th annual Dong-A Dance Concourse. Ms. Ong served as an instructor for several universities and gained national acclaim as Principal Dancer for the National Dance Company of Korea, performing at prestigious stages worldwide, including the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, the 1998 World Cup in France, and venues throughout 30 countries, including Japan, Germany, Italy, and the Americas.

She has worked in collaboration with various inter disciplinary artists, poets, Japanese and Chinese dancers, women for various Drum Dance, through which she was able to explore new directions in choreography. She has choreographed over 50 new works. Of her American achievements, Ms. Ong has completed multiple performances for the Asian Art Museum, World Arts West’s People Like Me, West Wave Dance Festival, and The Works to Work, and more.

In her concert, Merging of East and West in Korean Dance, for the Asian Art Museum, which was supported by the Bay Area CA$H Grant, her work brought out the hidden beauty of traditional Korean dance.

The OngDance Company was selected to receive the Ethnic Dance Choreography Commission Award from World Arts West and The San Francisco Foundation in 2005 under her artistic direction. Also she received the Isadora Duncan Award about outstanding achievement company in 2006. In 2006 and 2009, she received the Grant from Art Council Korea for new young artist.

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