Quickly approaching her 100th BLOCK21 Fitness class (!!), I sat down with Jooeun to hear about more about her experience both in and out of class. As a touring pianist and one of the friendliest people I’ve met, she has a lot to share. Check her story out below and be sure to say ‘hi’ in class!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was born in Seoul, Korea. Since I moved to the States, I have moved around to many places including Washington, California, Indiana, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and finally Colorado! I came to Denver three years ago for a new position at Metropolitan State University of Denver as an Assistant Professor of Piano. I travel frequently for concerts, masterclasses, end-of-academic year treat for myself, etc.
What are you most proud about yourself?
I am proud of the phase of my life when I had to fight against my fear and depression every day. Several major events of my life made me define concrete reasons to live everyday fully with appreciation. Through the journey, I experienced various shades of emotions and tried to genuinely express what is important to me, as an individual, woman, and musician. Ups and Downs came and left, and I have discovered vulnerable but strong side of me. As someone who will always strive to pursue a life as an artist, I am proud that I came to be fully comfortable with who I am, while knowing the value of being empathetic to lives that I never lived.
Why did you first come to BLOCK21? What do you remember from your first BLOCK21 class?
In summer of 2017, I was on a quest to find something I never tried before! I was actually looking for tango class, but hip-hop cardio sounded interesting too. I remember having so much fun during the first class. I was immediately impressed by how energetic and cool Sally was! As a teacher myself, I could not help noticing how Sally was observant of and sensitively responsive to the overall class level. She was prepared to lead us with full energy in each class and would considerately make adjustments so that we have fun while getting a full-geared workout done.
What is your favorite song?
All of them!
Is there a moment or class that particularly stands out to you?
When I feel like I will faint but push myself to go further! I look around and know others are using their limits too- the moment is incredibly empowering!
What would you share with someone who has never taken a class before?
JUST TRY IT. You will love people you will see in class. You will love what you see in yourself during the class. You will love how fun and easy work-out can be.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Every BLOCK21 class is exciting, healing, refreshing and empowering!