Company Artist with the Joffrey since 2015
Gayeon Jung was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. She studied ballet at the Sunhwa Arts Middle School and Sunhwa Arts High School. As a student, she was a guest member of the Universal Ballet performing small Clara in The Nutcracker in 2004 and 2005. In 2011, she studied at the Korea National University of Arts and graduated in July 2014. During her school years, she performed in many ballets including pas de deux from The Flames of Paris, Sleeping Beauty, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, La Fille mal gardée, La Esmeralda, Diana and Actéon, Le Corsaire, Markitenka, Swan Lake (White Swan/Black Swan), and Grand Pas Classique. Jung has also performed internationally in various galas.
Jung has competed in numerous competitions throughout her career. In 2008, she received the Bronze Medal in The Seoul International Dance Competition in Korea. In 2011, she received the Gold Medal in "Sicilia Barocca" International Dance Competition. In 2012, she received the Gold Medal, Best Female Dancer Prize, and the Best Duet Award (with Kimin Kim) at the Arabesque Ballet Competition in Perm. At Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP) in 2012, she was awarded the Bronze Medal in Senior Female Category, and Gold Medal in the Pas de Deux section. In 2014, she was awarded Gold Medalist in the Cape Town International Ballet Competition, South Africa. That year she also received the Bronze Medal and Best Couple Prize at the USA International Ballet Competition.