Instructors - Goh Ballet

Instructors

Chan Hon Goh Director

Chan Hon Goh

With an illustrious stage career of over 20 years as Principal Dancer with the National Ballet of Canada, Ms. Goh is one of the most prolific artists of her generation. Her delicate lyricism and emotional depth personify the essence of numerous lead roles. In 2010 upon retiring from her performing career, Ms. Goh accepted the invitation to become the Director of Goh Ballet, to further her passion to inspire dancers of tomorrow and to provide students with opportunities to train with world-renowned teachers. Extending her reach and always advocating for the arts, Ms. Goh serves as a jury member for several international competitions. She guest instructs and sets choreography for some of the most renowned companies in the world and since 2009 has been the Executive Producer of Goh Ballet’s critically acclaimed The Nutcracker, a holiday tradition in the City of Vancouver.Ms. Goh is a founding member of Vancouver’s Arts and Culture Policy Council, which assists in giving the creative community a voice. Her accomplishments, with irrepressible devotion to the enhancement of the cultural life of Canada, have garnered several prestigious awards including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the YWCA Women of Distinction Award, the New Pioneers Arts Award and the Best Teacher Award at the World Ballet Competition.

Fiona Smith Instructor, N.B.S Dip. & A.R.A.D

Fiona Smith

Fiona Smith has provided guidance and leadership for the Goh Ballet’s Junior Division for over a decade, choreographing award-winning pieces, providing coaching for international competitions, and leading preparations for all levels of RAD examinations in the Academy

A graduate of the National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program and the London Studio Centre in London, England, Fiona Smith has taught ballet in Japan, Toronto and Vancouver as well as in Missouri, Montana for the VIBE Competition. Her formal training began at Goh Ballet Academy, where she performed and toured throughout B.C., France and China with the Goh Ballet Youth Company. She then toured England with London Studio Centre’s Images of Dance working with choreographers such as Geoffrey Cauley, Michael Corder and Harold King.

Returning to Canada, Ms. Smith continued her education at the National Ballet School and earned her Advanced R.A.D., Advanced Cecchetti and Advanced National Dance examinations. She also received her teaching certificates in both the R.A.D. Teacher’s Exam and ISTD National Dance exam. Ms. Smith returned to the Goh Ballet Academy in 2001, bringing her international experience and love of ballet as the Associate Director to the Junior School.

Tanya Phelps Instructor, R.A.D., RTS, ABT® Primary – Level 3

Tanya Phelps

Tanya Phelps has an extensive background in classical ballet as well as jazz, tap, modern, hip hop and flamenco. She received her professional training at Kirov Academy of Ballet, Goh Ballet Academy and Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal before joining the Goh Ballet Company in 2001. Having completed examinations with honours in the Royal Academy of Dance and the Ukrainian Academy of Dance, Ms. Phelps has also toured throughout Asia and Canada with Goh Ballet’s Youth Company performing in varied repertoire such as: Giselle, Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Fairy Doll, Balanchine’s Serenade, La Fille Mal Gardee and numerous neo-classical pieces. In 2005 she was part of Guangdong TV’s reality show “Future Stars of Tomorrow”, where she performed as an actress and dancer as well as choreographed pieces for them while touring throughout Asia and Europe.

Ms. Phelps has choreographed award-winning dances in a variety of styles for competitions, performances and musicals. Her many accolades extend to a wide array of genres, including: dance, body conditioning, rhythmic gymnastics, musical theatre and drama.

Ms. Phelps has been a teacher at the Goh Ballet Academy for over 10 years and is Associate Director of Goh Ballet’s Outreach & Special programs. Ms Phelps completed her ballet teacher training with Goh Ballet’s 3-year certificate teacher’s course working closely with Mrs. Lin Yee Goh and Professor Xu Ding Zhong of Beijing Dance Academy, where she studied the Vaganova teaching methods and syllabus. Ms. Phelps is also is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the American Ballet Theatre® National Training Curriculum. As well she is a certified teacher with England’s Royal Academy of Dance.

April Newton-Mason Instructor

Before moving to Vancouver to study with the Goh ballet Academy, April Chow trained with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Professional Program. Prior to that, she attended Ryerson University’s Student in Performance Program on a full scholarship. As a student, her instructors included Sonia Chamberlain, Glenn Gilmour, and Grant Strate.

April has danced and taught with the Goh Ballet. Other companies include City Contemporary Dance Company in Hong Kong, Alberta Ballet Company, Anna Wyman Dance Theatre, Saskatchewan Theatre Ballet, and the Judith Marcuse Dance Company.

Barbara Bartnik Instructor

Barbara Bartnik

Originally from Poland but now based here in Vancouver, Ms. Bartnik graduated from the Polish National Ballet School and joined project Europa Danse in France and the Polish National Ballet straight afterwards for almost 10 years.

As a dancer of the Polish National Ballet she has performed in several productions such as The Rite of Spring, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Onegin and Anna Karenina.

She debuted as choreographer in Creation – 4th Choreographic Workshop in Warsaw with Human Object (Pink Floyd) and was a teacher and a choreographer at The Academy Of Musical Workshop in Warsaw.

During her time in Canada, Barbara has been teaching ballet, contemporary and polish folk dances.

Isabel Yuan Instructor, R.A.D Dual Examiner & Solo Seal Examiner

Isabel Yuan

Isabel Yuan was born in China where she studied classical Ballet at the Beijing Dance Academy (the National Ballet of China), and graduated with distinction in all subjects. Ms. Yuan danced professionally as a principal ballet dancer for 15 years with the Tani Ballet Company in Tokyo, Japan and performed internationally in the most famous classical ballets such as Don Quixote, La Sylphide, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, La Fille Mal Gardee, Coppelia, Cinderella and Swan Lake among others. After sustaining dance injuries, Ms. Yuan retired from dancing and came to Canada to study at the National Ballet School of Canada to obtain her professional dance teacher training in Toronto. She has over two decades of teaching experience and this includes guest teaching at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School of Canada, the Beijing National Ballet School, and the National Ballet School of New Zealand.

Ms. Yuan’s teaching credentials include: the National Ballet Professional Dancer Teaching Certification (NBS. P.D.T.C.), Imperial Society Teachers of Dancing, Advanced Certification and Associate Certification (A.I.S.T.D.), Royal Academy of Dance Teaching Certification (R.A.D. TC.). Ms. Yuan was appointed as a Vocational Examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance in 2005, and has been a Dual Examiner since 2011.

Ken Guan Instructor, A.R.A.D., R.A.D, TC

Ken Guan

Ken Guan studied at the Guangdong Dance Academy, the Beijing Dance Academy, and the Goh Ballet Academy’s professional training program. He received distinction on all RAD Vocational examinations, as well as receiving the highly coveted Solo Seal showing his excellence in the art of ballet. Mr. Guan is an extraordinary performer. His passion and artistry are visible through the extensive list of principal roles he has performed including Don Quixote, La Corsaire, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Flower Festival Pas de Deux, Nutcracker, La Sylphide, The Conservatory Ballet Master, Modern Dance, and Jazz. In 2005, he joined the Suzanne Farrell Ballet Company as a soloist in Don Quixote. Following his performing experience, Mr. Guan received his RAD Major Examinations Teaching Certificate.

Mann Pan Instructor, R.A.D, RTS

Mann Pan

Mann Pan received her professional ballet training at Guangzhou Ballet. She graduated with distinction after 6 years of training in the Vaganova methods and syllabus, as well as extensive training in Chinese classical and folk dance. As a performer, Ms.Pan toured extensively in China, Australia, Singapore, and Hong Kong performing in repertoire such as Swan Lake,Sleeping Beauty, and Nutcracker. In 2006, she received her certificate of Ballet Teaching and Certificate of Chinese Dance Teaching from the prestigious Beijing Dance Academy.

In 2008, Ms. Pan came to Vancouver and continued her passion for dance by joining the Professional Advanced program at Goh Ballet. She completed her 3-year Teaching Certificate, and later became an RAD Certified Teacher for the Academy.

Monica Proenca Instructor

Monica Proenca

Monica Proenca was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She began her dance training at an early age and graduated from the San Francisco School of the Arts. As a professional dancer, Ms. Proenca has worked in many international dance companies such as Bale De Brasilia directed by Gisele Santoro, Deeply Rooted Productions directed by Kevin Iega Jeff and Gary Abbot, and Don Lavy Dance Company directed by Samuel Don Lavy and in many other productions with world renowned choreographers. She has taught in Germany, Japan, and Spain as well having been awarded for her choreography in Canada, France and Australia. She was commissioned to choreograph a piece to be presented at the Tanzart festival in Nordhausen, Germany back in in 2011. Ms. Porenca returns to Brazil yearly as a guest teacher, dancer, adjudicator and choreographer in Brasilia’s acclaimed International Dance Seminar. She currently calls Vancouver, Canada her home where she continues to teach, perform and co-direct the training company, Lamondance with passion, strength and elegant technique uniquely combined with her own Brazilian flair.

Yao Ping Zhu Ballet Master

Yao Ping Zhu

A graduate of the Beijing Dance Academy, Yao Ping Zhu performed and toured intensively with the Central Ballet Company of China before immigrating to Canada in 1989. As Principal Dancer with the company, he danced lead roles in ballet classics such as Swan Lake, Don Quixote and Giselle. Mr. Zhu has received “World Famous Artist Recognition” from the Chinese Government.

In 1987, he was awarded “Best Partner” award at the 5th International ballet Competition in Osaka, Japan. In 1989, Mr. Zhu was invited to join the Vancouver Goh Ballet and latterly became Ballet Master. Mr. Zhu’s expertise in the pas de deux technique and the classics make him a highly sought-after coach. His energy and dynamic teaching styles, as well as his attention to technique, enhances his students’ understanding and enjoyment of ballet.

Ying Zhang Instructor, R.A.D, RTS

Ying Zhang

Ying Zhang was born in China and received her training at the prestigious Beijing Dance Academy. She excelled in Ballet, Traditional Chinese Dance and Chinese Folk Dance.

In 1995 the Guangzhou Ballet Company was established. Mrs. Zhang was invited to join the company where she performed a variety of repertoire including Swan Lake, Coppelia, Nutcracker, Anna Karenina, The Lady of the Camellias, and Butterfly Lover. In 1997 she was promoted to Soloist where she performed Romeo and Julliet and Giselle. Mrs. Zhang was also cast in many character roles in ballets due to her excellent stage presence and acting abilities. While Mrs. Zhang was dancing at the Guangzhou Ballet Company, she also taught ballet and pointe work at Guangzhou Acrobatics Company and worked as a rehearsal ballet coach at Canton Ballet Academy.

In 2000 Mrs. Zhang moved to Canada to join the Goh Ballet Academy. While receiving her teacher training certification, she was still performing on stage in roles such as Arabian in the Nutcracker, Balanchine’s Serenade, the mother in Giselle and the mother in La Fille Mal Gardee. Mrs. Zhang also attended the Royal Academy of Dance Major Examinations, while working closely with Mrs. Lin Yee Goh as her teaching assistant. Mrs. Zhang has received her Royal Academy of Dance Teaching Certificate and the Goh Ballet Academy Full-time Professional Training Teacher’s Course Diploma. She has choreographed many pieces in classical ballet, neo classical, and Chinese dance where her dancers have placed amongst the top 3 in competitions. Mrs. Zhang’s teaching experience also includes being invited to guest teach at Haga Ballet Academy in Okegawa, Japan.

Reid Cuming Instructor

Reid Cuming

Reid Cuming believes in living life with creativity, passion, and humour. He grew up studying jazz, tap, hip-hop, ballet and contemporary in his hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia. After graduating from the Goh Ballet Academy, the young Canadian moved to The Netherlands to immerse himself in the modern dance scene. He went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Codarts University for the Arts in Rotterdam after completing a four year program. He then joined the 73 year old prestigious dance company Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, and spent 8 years touring numerous cities across Europe, Isreal, and the United States. During his career he’s worked and created with internationally acclaimed choreographers such as Jiří Kylián, Mauro Bigonzetti, Nacho Duato, Ed Wuube, Marco Goecke, Felix Landerer, Itamar Serussi, Gentian Doda, Joeri Dubbe, and Marcos Morau. These years of being inspired by different artistic visions has fuelled Reids drive to encourage young talent by sharing his experience as a working professional dancer. He aims to provide guidance to todays up and coming dancers, with the hope of developing trust in their ability to express themselves as individuals.

Adonis Daukaev Instructor

Adonis Daukaev

Adonis Daukaev started his career in 1985 as Principal Dancer at the LWOW Opera in the Ukraine; he went on to an astounding career as Principal Dance and House Choreographer at Pfalztheater of Kaiserslautern, Germany.

He has been a ballet teacher at the LWOW Opera (Ukraine), Gdańsk Opera Baltycka (Poland), Salzburg Ballet (Austria), and Pfalztheater (Germany). In addition to his credentials, Mr. Daukaev graduated as Ballet Master and Choreographer at the Notable Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia.

With a professional dance background spanning over 26 years, Mr. Daukaev has worked with many renowned dancers and professors including: K.M. Sergueyev, I.G. Gensler, R.I. Gerbeck, and B.V. Blankov, all of whom embody strong traditional Russian Ballet artistry.

Mr. Daukaev has choreographed several original works in both Classical and Modern dance and has worked with internationally renowned artists such as Germinal Casado, Patricia Neary, and Nikita Dolgushine. Since 2014 he has maintained a regular engagement with the Goh Ballet (Vancouver, Canada) as Ballet Master and Choreographer.

Ilze Titova Instructor (Goh Ballet Bayview)

Ilze Titova

Ilze Titova was born in Latvia, where she received her professional ballet training at the Riga Choreography School. Ilze began her professional dance career at the Latvian National Opera & Ballet Company in 1994, performing multiple roles in a wide variety of classical and contemporary repertoire and touring extensively throughout Europe.

In 2005, Ilze began the Teacher Training Program for former professional dancers at Canada’s National Ballet School. She graduated with Distinction, became a Registered Teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance, and was selected by the faculty as the recipient of the Betty Oliphant Award.

Immediately after graduation, Ilze began teaching at Canada's National Ballet School where she taught Ballet Technique, Pointe, and Repertoire to male and female students of all ages in both the Professional and Associates Programs.

Ilze has been a regular juror on the National Ballet School’s national audition tour and has served on the jury of the Universal Ballet Competition in Florida, the Asian Grand Prix in Hong Kong and the Surrey Festival of Dance in British Colombia. Since 2017 Ilze has been teaching company classes at Canada’s Ballet Jörgen.

Cheng-Ni Ho Instructor, (Goh Ballet Bayview) BFA, N.B.S- T.T.P Dip., R.A.D- R.T.S

Cheng-Ni Ho

Cheng-Ni Ho began her training in Taiwan, where she studied many different dance forms including Classical Ballet, Contemporary, Tap and Chinese Folk dance. Upon arriving in Toronto as a professional dancer in 2010, her versatile dance background was quickly recognized in the dance community where she performed professionally with several different companies, including the Canadian Opera Company.

While Ms. Ho was still performing, she was also sharing her love for dance with her students. To further expand her teaching knowledge in ballet, she graduated with Distinction from the Teacher Training Program at Canada’s National Ballet School and is a proud recipient of the Betty Oliphant Award for Excellence in Teaching. She holds her Registered Teacher’s Status with the Royal Academy of Dance, Cecchetti Society and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. Ms. Ho was teaching in the Professional, Associates and Adult Ballet programs at Canada’s National Ballet School before joining Goh Ballet Academy in 2019. She has also taught in professional dance programs in Taiwan and in many private studios in the Greater Toronto Area.

Ms. Ho has trained students successfully for dance exams through Royal Academy of Dance and the Cecchetti Society. Many of her students went on continuing their training in many different professional dance programs. She also teach and coach competitive athletes such as figure skaters, synchronize swimmers and gymnasts who viewed ballet as an important part of their training to achieve their professional goals.

Ms. Ho’s passion for dance is evident in her teaching style and she is dedicated to work with her students to inspire a love of dance that will help them achieve their goals.

Aleksandar Antonijevic Instructor (Goh Ballet Bayview)

Aleksandar Antonijevic

A native of Yugoslavia, Aleksandar Antonijevic studied at the National Ballet School in Novi Sad. He was a soloist with the Zurich Opera Ballet in Switzerland and Principal Dancer with The National Ballet of Canada for over 20 years.

Mr. Antonijevic has danced leading roles in most of the major works in the company’s repertoire including principal roles in Giselle, Onegin, Romeo and Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty, La Sylphide, Manon and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as well as numerous George Balanchine ballets, including Apollo, Diamonds and Rubies from Jewels, Theme and Variations and Stravinsky Violin Concerto. He has performed lead roles in Opus 19/ The Dreamer, the second detail, Forgotten Land, Etudes, Song of a Wayfarer and Chroma.

He created several principal roles in works by James Kudelka, including
Prince Ivan in The Firebird and Siegfried in Swan Lake. Mr. Antonijevic danced the role of Petruschka in the Canadian premiere of Nijinsky by John Neumeier as well as the role of Trigorin in Seagull.

An accomplished international guest artist, Mr. Antonijevic has performed with English National Ballet, Inoue Ballet Japan, Ballet Santiago of Chile and PACT Ballet South Africa and has partnered many of the world’s finest prima ballerinas, including Susan Jaffe, Viviana Durante, Lucia LaCarra, Evelyn Hart and Tamara Rojo.

Mr. Antonijevic is also an award winning photographer. His work has been featured at CONTACT, Toronto’s annual international photography festival and in eight private exhibitions. He has photographed for some of the major arts organizations in Toronto including The National Ballet of Canada, SoulPepper, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, Pro Arte Danza and Others.

In 2011, Mr. Antonijevic was awarded the Rolex Dancers First Award for his role as the White Rabbit in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and in 2009, he won the Dancers First Award for his portrayal of Don José in Carmen.

Upon retiring from stage Mr. Antonijevic has become a sought after teacher, coach and stager of ballets. He staged Nr.24 by Guillaume Cote for The National Ballet of Canada in 2015. In 2016 he staged parts of Erik Bruhn’s Swan Lake on Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen, as part of Nikolaj Hubbe’s new production of the same Ballet. In 2017 he was invited by the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow to stage a full length production of Alexei Ratmansky’s Romeo and Juliet and went back to oversee the world simulcast of the same production in 2018.