"I want to know if you can be with joy mine or your own if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic, to remember the limitations of being human."
- Oriah Mountain Dreamer
JIMI LOC NGUYEN, from Grand Rapids, MI, began his classical training at the age of nineteen with the University of Michigan Department of Dance, completing his BFA in Dance in 2015. As a Joseph Wojczynski Memorial Scholarship recipient at UM, Jimi performed in works such as Bill T. Jones’ D-Man in the Waters and excerpts from Lucinda Child’s Dance #1, in addition to many works created by UM’s esteemed dance faculty. Jimi represented UM Dance in the 2014 “Promising Artist Concert” in Costa Rica, in which he performed works by Sandra Torijano DeYoung. That same summer, Jimi had the honor of being a cast member of Spirit of the Fringe award-winning presentation of The Warriors: A Love Story in Edinburgh, Scotland with ARCOS Dance. In the summer of 2015, he was invited to perform with Next Level Dance Company, a hip-hop crew from Detroit, at the World of Dance Finals in Los Angeles. Jimi concluded summer 2015 returning to ARCOS Dance before relocating to the vibrant city of Chicago. Jimi joined DanceWorks Chicago in October 2015.