Zack J. King is a dancer and choreographer who’s style is heavily influenced by both hip-hop and modern dance. He is interested in the investigation of how the two styles can coexist and what can be created from the merger. In 2008, at the age of seventeen Zack began to teach himself hop-hop dance. The following year he was selected to direct the high school dance team and quickly gained the acknowledgement of his peers for his leadership abilities. This was also the year he was first introduced to modern dance by his first mentor, Sam Mitchel. While doing work study for Sam Mitchel he was given the opportunity to teach his own hip hop class. After graduating high school Zack attended San Diego City College where he met Grace Jun. After his first year in college he made the decision to pursue dance as a professional career. Less than a year later Zack was introduced to transcenDANCE by friend and choreographer, Seiha Vor. There he met and trained under Tonnie Sammerartano for two years until applying for the choreographer position for transcenDANCE’s 2013 season. He has trained and performed under multiple artists and teachers in San Diego including Tery Wilson, Angel and Jaami Walli-Villalobos, Grace Jun, Anthony C. Cole, Debi Toth, Angela Moran, & Tonnie Sommerartano. Zack is finishing his schooling at San Diego City College and plans on transferring to SDSU to obtain his BFA.