Since 1978, Vancouver, Canada has been home to the most decorated and diverse dance institute in the country, Goh Ballet Academy. Established by National Ballet of China’s Choo Chiat and Lin Yee Goh, Goh Ballet was created to pursue technical and artistic excellence and to celebrate cultural awareness in the dance community. Under the direction of Chan Hon Goh since 2010, former Principal Dancer of the National Ballet of Canada, the Academy continues its legacy of training generations of dancers who garner international praise and accolades.
In addition to creation of the Academy, Mr. Goh’s vision led him to form the Goh Ballet Youth Company (GBYC) in 1979. Over 35 years later, this performance group serves as an artistic bridge to aspiring young dancers locally and internationally to transition from students to professionals. In 1987, Goh Ballet pioneered the first integrated half-day academic program to allow students the opportunity to continue school studies and professional training simultaneously.
The Goh Ballet Academy and Youth Company are committed to technical excellence showcased through a wide-ranging and ever expanding repertoire of classical and contemporary ballet, jazz, character and Chinese dance. Goh Ballet has presented full length productions and segments of classical favourites such as Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Napoli Act 3, Coppelia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Swan Lake Act II, La Bayadere Act II, La Fille Mal Gardee, Giselle, and their critically acclaimed annual production of The Nutcracker; all of which have been staged by internationally acclaimed guest artists such as Johnny Eliasen, Elyse Borne, Nikita Dolgushin, Frank Andersen and Anna-Marie Holmes, among others.
The Youth Company has toured around the world including in the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, France and the U.S.A. The achievements of the Academy’s dancers at international competitions, and the visibility of its graduates who fill the ranks of world-renowned companies, reinforces the global reputation of Goh Ballet as a provider of world class training and opportunities.