Kang Sue-jin

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Kang Sue-jin
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Kang Sue-jin (Korean pronunciation: [kaŋ sʰudʑin]; born 24 April 1967) is a South Korean ballerina. She is a principal dancer at Stuttgart Ballet.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Kang Sue-jin was born in Seoul, South Korea. After initial ballet lessons at Sun Hwa Arts Middle School, where she majored in Korean traditional dance, she continued her education at Sun Hwa Arts High School until 1982. Following graduation from high school, Kang went to Marika Besobrasova at Monte Carlo Dance School.[3] In 1986, she became a member of the Stuttgart Ballet, where she was appointed Soloist in 1994 and Principal Dancer in 1997.

Following her long career as a ballet dancer, Kang was awarded an honorary degree from Sookmyung Women's University in 2016.[4]


Kang joined Stuttgart Ballet in 1986 and was its first and youngest Asian ballerina.[5]

In 2002, Kang appeared in Die Kameliendame and two years later, she performed with Benito Marcellino in Cranko's Onegin. Following the 2016 performance of the same ballet with Jason Reilly as partner,[6] Kang had retired from performance.[7]

In 2003, Kang debuted in USA in a role of Juliet from Cranko's Romeo and Juliet opposite to Romeo role by Filip Barankiewicz.[8] In 2008, Kang reprised the role of Juliet in the same ballet.[5]

In 2013, Kang published her first memoir titled I Don't Wait for Tomorrow.[9] The same year she also became an honorary ambassador of PyeongChang at the 2018 Winter Olympics.[10]

In 2015, Kang performed in John Neumeier's Die Kameliendame in her hometown Seoul, South Korea[11] and the same year appeared in Cranco's Onegin at Seoul Arts Center where she sang the "Swan song".[12]

In 2017, Kang became a jury member of the Prix de Lausanne,[13] Prix Benois de la Danse.[14] and of the Beijing International Ballet and Choreography Competition.[15]

Featured performances[edit]

Honours and awards[edit]

In 1998, German Orchid Society named an orchid from the Phalaenopsis genus in her honor.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Korea annual. Yonhap News Agency Staff. 1992. ISBN 89-7433-036-9.
  2. ^ "Kang Sue-jin Picked to Head National Ballet". The Chosun Ilbo. 2013-12-04. Retrieved 2019-10-21.
  3. ^ Smith, Gary (2015-09-08). "The Freedom in Work: Sue Jin Kang In Stuttgart and Seoul". Retrieved 2019-10-21.
  4. ^ "Kang Suejin". Retrieved 2019-10-21.
  5. ^ a b Han Sang-hee (2008-10-27). "Kang to Bring Romeo and Juliet". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2019-10-21.
  6. ^ a b Kachelrieß, Andrea (2016-07-18). "Es werden gute Tränen sein" (in German). Retrieved 2019-10-21.
  7. ^ Jackson, Julie (2015-11-05). "Kang Sue-jin: 'This will be my last performance in Korea'". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2019-10-21.
  8. ^ Segal, Lewis (2003-03-24). "Many names, still sweet". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2019-10-21.
  9. ^ Lee, Claire (2013-01-31). "Becoming Kang Sue-jin". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2019-10-21.
  10. ^ "Meet the ambassadors of PyeongChang 2018!". 2017-01-12. Retrieved 2019-10-21.
  11. ^ a b "Jetzt will ich nur tanzen!" (in German). {{cite magazine}}: Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  12. ^ "Review: Kang Sue-jin's swan song Onegin". Donga. 2015-11-09. Retrieved 2019-10-21.
  13. ^ "Sue Jin Kang". Retrieved 2019-10-21.
  14. ^ a b "Sue Jin Kang". Retrieved 2019-10-21.
  15. ^ "The 4th Beijing International Ballet & Choreography Competition will raise the curtain in August". National Centre for the Performing Arts. 2017-06-15. Retrieved 2019-10-21.
  16. ^ "Sue Jin Kang".
  17. ^ Van Zile, Judy (2001). Perspectives on Korean dance. Wesleyan University Press. ISBN 0-8195-6494-X.
  18. ^ Byung-yeul, Baek (2014-04-17). "Kang to receive German order of merit". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2019-10-21.
  19. ^ "BTS Awarded Order of Cultural Merit by South Korean Government". Billboard. 2018-10-25.

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