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.
Chan Hon Goh Director
Fiona Smith Instructor, N.B.S Dip. & A.R.A.D
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
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
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.
In her brief 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 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 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 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 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
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 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.