Soo Ah Kang"The best thing is I do what I love for my job."

Soo Ah Kang, Corps de BalletBorn: Seoul, South Korea
Trained: Yewon Arts School and the Korea National Institute for the Gifted in Arts in South Korea and Canada’s National Ballet School

Where in the world would you like to see yourself living someday?
Anywhere that my life takes me, as long as I can dance.Soo Ah Kang, Corps de BalletWas there a pivotal moment that sold you on being a ballet dancer over doing anything else?
No, I have not had one specific moment that made me decide to be a dancer. As a child, my mom would not let me go to the ballet studio on the days when I broke important promises. It was the biggest punishment for me. After a while, I knew it was something I wanted to continue to do.Soo Ah Kang, Corps de BalletSoo Ah Kang, Corps de BalletWhat is your definition of a successful ballet dancer?
My definition of a successful ballet dancer is a dancer who enjoys being onstage.

What cheers you up on an off day?
On my off days, it cheers me up to Skype with my dance friends and family overseas.

Could you tell us 3 random things about you?
I came to Toronto when I was 13 to attend Canada’s National Ballet School. I go to church. I enjoy reading essays and biographies.Soo Ah Kang, Corps de BalletWhat is your favourite moment of being on stage?
I have two favourite moments of being onstage in my life. The first one is when I got to be the title character in The Little Match Girl when I was 13. I got to be onstage for the entire show and lived as the character each night I performed it! The second one is when I performed the Les Chambres des Jacques choreographed by Aszure Barton at Palais Garnier for the 300th anniversary of Paris Opéra Ballet School.Soo Ah Kang, Corps de BalletAre there any costumes that you have either danced in or seen that strike you as amazing or memorable?
I cannot forget how gorgeous Tatiana’s red dress is in Act III of Onegin.

What’s the worst thing about being a dancer and what’s the best?
I cannot think of the worst thing about being a dancer now. The best thing is I do what I love for my job.Soo Ah Kang, Corps de BalletMilk Chocolate or Dark?
Dark.

If someone handed you $1,000,000 tomorrow you would…
I would like to continue to travel and experience the world class ballet companies and repertoires around the world.Soo Ah Kang, Corps de BalletRead Soo Ah’s bio, http://national.ballet.ca/Meet/Dancers/Corps/Soo-Ah-Kang
See Soo Ah onstage with The National Ballet of Canada during the 2015/16 season, national.ballet.ca