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GREAT LEAP : ARTISTS : LOUISE MITA JUNG

 

Louise Mita Jung is originally from New York, where her training began. She has choreographed and performed internationally in film, television and theatre for the past 25 years.

Upon moving to Hawaii in 1971, she became the founding director of 3 dance companies, Mobius Dance Theatre, The Koloa Juice Company, and The Jazz Factory, for which she received over 13 grants and awards from the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and the Hawaii State Dance Council. Louise was a solo guest artist with the Honolulu Symphony for over 3 years performing in over 100 concerts throughout the islands. In 1981, she opened her own dance studio, Studio One, which experienced great success until her departure in 1983. Louise also served 2 years on Mayor Eileen Anderson’s Commission on Culture and the Arts as Dance Commissioner.

In 1983 Louise moved to Los Angeles where she has enjoyed much success as a choreographer/director, dancer and actress. She immediately received 2 consecutive grants from the California Arts Council based out of Senshin Buddhist Temple, for her work with the community. She has been a member of Great Leap, Inc., participating as a choreographer/performer for the past 12 years, and Nucleus, Inc., (Attallah Shabazz) touring nationally in the play “Stepping into Tomorrow” since 1986.

Her additional credits include: Mambo Kings, Salsa, Karate Kid II, Breaking II, Perfect, NAACP Image Awards, Sammy Davis Jr. Tribute, Soul Train Music Awards, Eye on LA, Startrek: The New Generation, The Arsenio Hall Show, General Hospital, Cagney & Lacey, Disney Afternoon, The King and I, Company, East West Players, AAPAA Media Awards, The Los Angeles Music Center, Me Phi Me, Bobby Ross Avila, Lisa Keith and Cher, just to name a few.

She also works with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis (producers of Janet Jackson, Sheena Easton, The Tyme, etc.) choreographing videos and developing new artists signed to their label, Perspective Records. Louise is a recipient of a 1992 Drama-Logue Award for her choreography of “Six Characters in Search of An Author.”

Her literary credits include: “Sadako and the One Thousand Cranes,” adaptation co-written with Calvin Jung commissioned by BBC-TV (Special) for the Japanese National Museum, 1993; “Trust,” Los Angeles Music Center, 1989, “The New Year’s Gift,” auspices of California Arts Council and the Buddhist Churches of America, 1988, “The Star Crossed Lovers,” commissioned by the Japanese Village Plaza, 1986.

Plays include: “LET IT RIP,” multi-media musical comedy, 1990, “FOR SALE,” winner of Inner City Cultural Center’s 1992 Playwriting Competition, “SENSKI,” co-written with Calvin Jung, 1993, “GUYS LIKE ME,” Los Angeles Music Center 1995; performed by Calvin Jung.

Mita Jung is a featured performer with Great Leap’s productions of “A Slice of Rice” and “A Slice of Rice, Frijoles and Greens.”