Meet the Dancers: Chanmee Jeong
I’m from Seoul, Korea. I have performed internationally with the Ewha Ballet Ensemble, where I preferred classical and contemporary repertory, including Nutcracker, Paquita, and Messiah. Before joining Roxey Ballet in 2015, I toured in India, Israel, East Timor, Korea, and the US. Before I came here performed and taught dance, and during that time I realized that performing is the most important part of my artistry that makes me happy.
I want to live as a ballerina before it is "too" late. That's why I came to the United States of America.
With Roxey Ballet I have danced the roles of Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Spanish, and Arabian Princess in The Nutcracker, and Cuckoo in Carnival of the Animals. Also, I have danced in Frida, On the Way Home, and Pied Piper. I have been with Roxey Ballet since 2015. I've been in the U.S. for a very short time, but I have met so many good friends in the company; I think that this is a reward.
When I was 14 years old, I saw The Nutcracker. I have never seen ballet in a theater before, so at that time I was really impressed. I was playing the piano at the time, however, after watching the performance of The Nutcracker, I quit the piano which I played for 10 years. I quickly attended a ballet studio to study dance.
It was late to start ballet, but I've fallen in love with Ballet.
Ballet is really systematic and scientific, which fascinates me. When studying the genre of dance, I learned that everything always had a system or a science to it, even when there did not appear to be any present.
I like the Delaware River. If you are sitting next to the river, especially during the sunset, one can feel most peaceful and calm. And I also like coffee, therefore I enjoy frequenting the Café Rojo everyday during the season.
Usually I live in New York City, New York, however, this summer I earned the opportunity to work with Karole Armitage as a guest artist from Opera Sartoga.
I like contemporary ballet, but I still love classical ballet. So I think my favorite show at Roxey Ballet is The Nutcracker. The Nutcracker is not only a staple in American culture, but the dance repertory and story is known worldwide. Hence why I've been waiting for The Nutcracker every Christmas season.