He was born And raised In Kwang-Ju, Korea where he trained Classical Ballet, Modern, Korean traditional Dances. He Graduated from Dankook University in Seoul, Korea. In 1996, He Received The Best Individual Artist Award From The Bagnolet International  Dance Festival In Paris, France. After moving to New York City he started working with Contemporary Ballet companies. He Was A Principal Dancer At Ballet Hispanico and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Also has Worked With Shen Wei, Zvi Gotheiner, Igal Perry, Jessica Lang. In 2009 he received The Princess Grace Award For excellence In choreography.

For the past 20 years, He Worked With Complexions Contemporary Ballet Served as Associate Artistic Director (2011-2018),  Ballet Master & Artist in Residence (2007-Present), a Resident Choreographer(2008-Present). He created many ballets for Complexions and All works premiered at one and only The Joyce Theater, New York City. “Tears” (Rachmaninoff) in 2007, “Surface” (Debussy) in 2008, “Atmosphere”(Bach) in 2009, ”Flight" (Bach) in 2012 , ”Recur"(Richter,Silverstrov) in 2013. “Goodnight” (Arvo Pärt) in 2017. Jae Man Joo Created the work "Beautiful Imperfection" (Nyman) Commissioned By Marymount Manhattan College Dance in 2015. And the same year he created "Into The Light” (Vivaldi) for Alvin Ailey/ Fordham BFA and also performed by PCDC. In 2016 he created a New Work “Circular” (Denisov, Handel) for Ailey II - Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. In 2017 Jae Man Joo was invited to create a New work for Jacob's Pillow 85th Anniversary season and his new work "Canvas” which world premiered at the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out stage. In 2018 He Reconstructed reimagined the revival "Into the Light" music of Vivaldi, Performed by Point Park Univ Dance in Pittsburgh. In 2018 He Created a Brand new work "Intermezzo" for Wise Ballet Theater and premiered in Seoul, Korea.  in 2019 for the second time Jacob's Pillow invited him to create a new work for the Contemporary Program.

The title "Dive & Unfold " premiered at the prestigious Pillow Inside/Out stage.

Recently he created a full-length Evening Ballet "Vita"  a second ballet creation for Wise Ballet Theater Korea (Oct 2021). "Vita" received a  2021 Korea Dance Critics Choice Award.


Photo Brooke Trisolini 


Photo: Christopher Duggan Courtesy By Jacob's Pillow