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Northern Ballet dancer Minju Kang. Photo Lisa Stonehouse

Minju Kang


Former Principal Soloist

Minju is from Seoul, South Korea. She trained at Seoul Arts High School, Korea National Institute for the Gifted in Arts and The Hamburg Ballet School. She performed with Bundesjugendballett for two years before joining Northern Ballet in 2016. In 2022 she joined English National Ballet and returned as a Guest Artist to perform the role of Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby.

Learn more about Minju

Where were you born and raised?

Seoul in South Korea.

At what age did you start dancing?

At four years old. My mum was a ballet dancer too and had her own ballet academy where I started and studied intensely.

Where did you train?

Yewon School - Seoul Arts High School, Korea National Institute for the Gifted in Arts and The Hamburg Ballet School.

Casanova holds Bellino above his head
Minju Kang with Ayami Miyata and Kyungka Kwak in States of Mind. Photo Emma Kauldhar
Julia and Winston hold each other while reaching back
Male dancer holding the hand of a female dancer as he stretches a leg back and she has one leg outstretched
The Sugarplum Fairy leaps forward in an impressive grand Jeté
The Blacksmith shows the powerful Morgan her quality pike
Minju Kang in Cinderella
Northern Ballet dancers in Gloria
Lorenzo Trossello and Minju Kang in States of Mind. Photo Emma Kauldhar.
Dancer Minju Kang in water
Minju Kang and Lorenzo Trossello in rehearsals for 1984. Photo Emily Nuttall
A female dancer in light 18th century costume reaches into the distance with her leg aloft, supported from behind by a male dancer in gold costume.

Awards, nominations and prizes

Second prize at the Boston International Ballet Competition 2011 and Semi-finalist at the Prix de Lausanne 2012.

Career/training highlights

Being a part of the creation process for Kenneth Tindall’s Geisha in 2020 and having the lead role of Okichi created on her. Performing the lead role of the woman in Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Gloria.

Favourite roles

Juliet in Romeo & Juliet, Manon in Manon, and Carmen in Carmen.

Production photos taken by Emma Kauldhar, Emily Nuttall and Amy Kelly.