Master Kim began his training in Taekwondo in Korea in first grade at the age of 6. From the first day, he loved Taekwondo and continued after moving to Connecticut. He became very passionate about Taekwondo, particularly competing in Sport Poomsae and Olympic Sparring.
At the University of Connecticut, he was the Team Captain and President of the demonstration team he co-founded to promote Taekwondo to the community. The T-Huskies Demonstration Team performed for numerous cultural events at the University, as well as volunteer for workshops to teach local children and teens. He was also the captain of the UConn Taekwondo Club Sports team, which he taught and also competed for. He was chosen to be on the Eastern Collegiate Taekwondo Conference All-Star team, based on his leadership and competition record. Master Kim has a passion for teaching Taekwondo. His students range from 3 year old white belts all the way to 67 year old black belts and he has developed instructors and coached local and national champions!
Master Kim is a certified USAT coach and referee. He is also SafeSport certified and is on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts State Championships.
Master Rachael is a 4th-degree black belt and has been practicing taekwondo for 14 years. Master Rachael has always had a love for the sport and began teaching classes as a black belt. She is passionate about the sport as a whole but has a love for poomsae and demonstrations. Rachael is a recent graduate of the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in special education, and master’s degree in educational psychology. During her time at Uconn Rachael was a member of the school’s sport taekwondo team, competing multiple times a year. She has competed in sport poomsae, pairs poomsae, and sparring. Master Rachael was also the captain of the University of Connecticut’s Taekwondo Demonstration Team. Her team participated in fundraising events, and cultural events around campus, while spreading the art of taekwondo.
Master Rachael is now teaching special education classes at the high school level. She is a true believer that all students can reach their full potential with guidance and support from teachers both in school and at taekwondo. She uses many aspects of taekwondo philosophy in her classroom, as well as her teaching skills from her classroom in the dojang. Rachael is dedicated to her taekwondo students, coaching them to be the best they can be on and off the mat.
I have been a lifelong dancer, gymnast, actor, singer, performer. I have performed and competed nationwide, as well as adjudicated for a number of dance competitions throughout the area. I am proud to be a part of the faculty at Jo Ann Warren Studio in Worcester, MA since 1995; teaching dancers from "4 to 92". Since 2013 I have also been the Resident Artist in Dance for the First-Year Arts program for Harvard University as well as the director for my own dance company in the Central Massachusetts area.
I started Ed Burch Dance right out of college as I began teaching my popular Saturday Night Dancing for Fun classes for the continuing education program at Assabet Valley Regional High School. The Ed Burch Dance company and logo allowed me to further advertise those classes while still being able to promote my weeknight classes for Jo Ann Warren Studio without too much overlap. It has gone on to deliver three classes every Saturday night for the Spring and Fall semester classes with a huge turnout each year, as well as an incredible returning dance community; some of which have been with me since the start.
Between the support, love and understanding that I have always received from my family and my dance teachers, dancing has become an art form that fills my life with beauty and accomplishment. I am definitely not your average dancer and I go out of my way to make sure that anyone and everyone that wants to try dance can and will feel comfortable doing so; all while having as much fun as possible!!!
I hope that you are reading this and understanding how much dance has shaped me as a person, mentor, coach and teacher. Thank you for letting me into your world and allowing me to share dance with you!