Chan Hon Goh

In her illustrious 20 year stage career, Chan Hon Goh has performed around the world. She personifies the essence of each role, from the most demanding classical repertoires to newly commissioned ballets especially created on her. Recognition of her talents and artistic achievements began early in her career when Ms. Goh became the first Canadian to receive the Silver Medal at the Genèe International Ballet Competition in London, England and a prize at the illustrious Prix de Lausanne. In 2005, she received the New Pioneers Arts Award for her contributions to dance in Canada.

“Ballerina Chan Hon Goh is one of The National Ballet of Canada’s most exquisite principal dancers. A gifted classicist, she has also won praise for the strength of her dramatic characterizations…As a guest artist, she has appeared all over the world. For most ballerinas, such a glittering career would be enough of a workload. Goh, however, is also an author, businesswoman, and impresario – and she still finds time to be, by her own admission, an activist role model for immigrant women.”

— Dance Magazine

“Chan Hon Goh is the quintessential ballerina. A principal dancer with The National Ballet of Canada, Goh is one of the company’s most exquisite classicists. Her ballon, or the lightness of her landings, is legendary. Her every movement is filled with a lyrical grace that defies gravity and the dramatic power of her expressive body compels attention. The great American Balanchine ballerina, Suzanne Farrell, describes Goh as someone who “illuminates technique”. In short, Goh is everything that makes the ballet beautiful.”

— NUVO Magazine, Canada

“Chan has given us 20 years of beautiful and memorable performances at the National Ballet. Not only has she had a stellar career, she is a wonderfully kind and generous colleague with a professional etiquette and is a great model for young dancers.”

— Ms. Karen Kain

“Goh Ballet breathes new life into Nutcracker”

— Globe and Mail

Ms. Goh is a founding member of Vancouver’s Arts and Culture Policy Council, which assist in giving the city a voice for the creative community. Her accomplishments, with irrepressible devotion to the enhancement of the cultural life of Canada, have garnered several prestigious awards including:

  • Best Teacher Award, World Ballet Competition
  • Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award
  • CPAC Professional Achievement Award
  • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
  • YWCA Women of Distinction Award
  • FMA Vancouver Art Achievement Award
  • National Association of Asian American Professionals Top 100 Award
  • Mandarin Profile Female Entrepreneur Award, Fairchild TV Canada
  • Chosen Ambassador for Rolex Canada
  • Mandarin Profile Award, Fairchild TV Canada
  • ACCE Entrepreneurial Award for Innovation (Principal Shoes)
  • New Pioneers Arts Award
  • Rocky Mountain Book Award — Finalist Nominee: Beyond the Dance
  • Norma Fleck Award — Finalist nominee: Beyond the Dance
  • Named an “Outstanding Person of the 20th Century” International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England
  • Named as one of the “Women of Achievement”, Chatelaine Magazine
  • Genèe International Ballet Competition — Silver Medal
  • Honours in Royal Academy of Dance Examinations & Solo Seal Award
  • Finalist, Prix de Lausanne International Competition of Dance, Switzerland

As of September of 2010, Ms. Goh accepted an invitation to become the Director of the Goh Ballet Academy and Youth Company Canada. While in Vancouver, she also took on the role of Executive Producer to Goh Ballet’s critically acclaimed production of The Nutcracker; a large scale, professional production which provides mentorship opportunities to hundreds of aspiring dancers each year since its premiere.