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. In 2019, Ms Goh was appointed a member of the Order of Canada and in 2020, the University of British Columbia awarded her the distinction of Doctor of Letters honoris causa.
Chan Hon Goh C.M. D.Litt. Director
Fiona Smith Associate Director of the Junior School, 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 Associate Director of Special Projects, Instructor, R.A.D., RTS, ABT® Primary – Level 3
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.
Reid Cuming Instructor & Artistic Coordinator
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.
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.
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 Contemporary Instructor
Monica was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She began her dance training at an early age and went on to graduate from the San Francisco School of the Arts in the United States. As a professional dancer Monica has worked in international dance companies and had the pleasure of working in many independent productions with world class choreographers, both Classical and Contemporary.
She is an accomplished choreographer and teacher that has taught in and choreographed in renowned institutions such as San Francisco, USA for Lines Contemporary Ballet Program, for Germany's - Nordhousen Ballet Company and Schewerin Ballet . Canada 's Arts Umbrella Youth Company, Kayzer Ballet - Portugal , Brazil's Divina Dança and in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Japan, Germany all over Brazil and Canada within her eighteen years of teaching experience. Her choreography has been awarded in Brazil, USA, Canada, Belgium, Switzerland , Austria, France, Spain, Japan, Czech Republic, Australia and Korea.
Monica was commissioned to choreograph pieces for the opening gala of the 60th Anniversary of the Beijing Dance Academy in China (Goh Ballet Youth Company) and a special piece to be presented at the opening of Tanzart Festival in Nordhausen, Germany.
She was a nominee for the 4th Annual Inspirational Latin American Awards for Arts and Culture in Vancouver. Monica was a guest choreographer for the closing gala of Brasilia’s acclaimed International Dance Seminar for 4 years partnering with conductor Claudio Cohen with pieces from Tchaikovsky, Claudio Santoro, Villa Lobos and Piazzola.
In film Ms Proenca produced "Strings for 2" a short dance film for Bravofact Canada. She was the choreographer for "Dance First" a short film produced by Dunbar Underground Productions and Center Stage On Pointe, produced by Sony Pictures for Life network and Directed by Director X.
She has been recognized also in the dance competitions stages receiving best choreographer awards in competitions such as: Global Dance Challenge 2017, World Ballet Art Competition 2017 and 2018. She was the choreographer for the winner of the YAGP Toronto 2018 grand prix. Best Choreographer award for Synergy Vancouver 2019.
As an adjudicator she has set in the Jury of the Brasilia international dance seminar (2004 -2016 - Brazil), CoreDance (2018 - Canada) Global Dance Challenge (2018 and 2020 Canada), Valentina koslova international ballet competition (2019 - Paraguay), View Dance Challenge (2020)
Monica currently attends The Palucca Schule University in Dresden Germany for her Teacher's Masters degree in Modern and Contemporary Dance. In Canada she continues to choreograph, produce, dance, teach, coach and inspire others with passion, strength and elegant technique 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.
Adonis Daukaev Instructor
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.
Tyra Sergeant Instructor
With an extensive background of professional teaching experience, Tyra has been recognized for her dancing, choreography, and teaching throughout her career. She began training extensively in classical ballet at the age of three, and later complimented this with modern, jazz, and musical theatre. Tyra has been passionate about teaching from a very young age. After graduating, she pursued her Teaching Certificate at Simon Fraser University while continuing to teach ballet.
Katherine Somody Instructor
Katherine Somody began her dance training at a young age where she developed her lifelong love of dance. Ms Somody received her dance training in Goh Ballet Academy's Senior Professional Division, where she toured China and Japan performing in varied repertoire, including: Swan Lake, Giselle, Nutcracker, Don Quixote, and Balanchine’s Serenade. She holds a BA in Art History from UBC and the Sorbonne in Paris, France, and an MFA (Performance Art & Dance) from Cornell University in New York. Ms Somody has had the privilege to perform, choreograph, and teach in Berlin, Paris, New York, Halifax and Vancouver. In addition to continual ballet teacher training, Katherine has also trained in various functional movement methodologies, including Countertechnique, Axis Syllabus, Developmental Movement Patterning (Laban/Bartenieff Fundamentals), Contact Improvisation, the Franklin Method and Gaga. She is also a certified Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) instructor. With a fascination for the intersection of Ballet and Somatic practices, Katherine continues to be impressed by the confidence, courage, creativity and grace of the dancers she works with.
Ilze Titova Instructor (Goh Ballet Bayview)
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.
Eleanor Bull Instructor, (Goh Ballet Bayview) NBS TTPPD
Eleanor Bull received her professional training in Toronto at Canada's National Ballet School. Upon graduation, Eleanor began her professional career dancing with Pacific Northwest Ballet and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre before returning to Canada where she danced with Les Grands Ballet Canadiens and Canada's Ballet Jorgen performing and touring across Canada in multiple soloist roles and contemporary works.
In 2016, Eleanor graduated from the Teacher Training Certification through Canada's National Ballet School as a former professional with distinction. Studying under Rosalie Deligioridis, Eleanor also obtained her Cecchetti Associate with Distinction. Since then, Ms. Bull has taught classes in the professional and associate programs, as well as the outreach programs at NBS.
Eleanor spent the last five years as an instructor at the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, coaching technique, repertoire, variations, and pointework for the advanced students. She was the primary teacher in the Adult program, teaching a variety of levels and additionally offered conditioning, and private coaching.
Heidi Lorenz Instructor, (Goh Ballet Bayview) BFA Performance Dance, ACTRA Apprentice
Heidi Lorenz is a professionally trained dancer, teacher, and performer based in Toronto, Canada. Heidi specializes both her training and teachings in modern contemporary and ballet contemporary practices.
Heidi graduated from Ryerson University’s Performance dance program where she received her BFA and was awarded the Pamela Hackett Excellence in Dance scholarship. Upon graduation, Heidi had the privilege of dancing and performing with a prestigious ballet contemporary company ProArteDanza. Heid has performed on various performance platforms such as the Fall for Dance North Festival, Dance Made in Canada and Aeris Korper. Heidi’s performance experience extends into commercial work and she can be seen on Disney channels “The Next Step” and “Backstage”.
Heidi has worked with well-known choreographers and creators around Toronto such as Hanna Kiel, Kenny Pearl, Kate Hillard, Louis Laberge-Côté, Matjash Mrozewski, Alysa Pires and many more. Heidi continues to refine her teaching and movement practices by attending numerous programs such as “Movement Invention Project” In New York City, “Kenny Pearls Emerging artist intensive” in Toronto and “Nuova Officina della Danza” in Italy.
Heidi is thankful for the opportunities provided to her and is excited to share her knowledge with the next generation of artists.
Olivia Rose Kleynhans Instructor (Goh Ballet Bayview)
Olivia began her ballet training in Toronto when she was accepted into the National Ballet School of Canada’s full time training program. At age 14, Olivia was invited by Ballet Master and founder of Universal Ballet in Seoul, South Korea, Adrienne Dellas Thornton, to train privately with her in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. After a year of intensive Vaganova Ballet training she was accepted into The Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington D.C on full scholarship during which time she was apart of the Kennedy Centre Master Class series where she took company class with the Mariinsky Ballet, as well as was featured in an exhibition on Edgar Degas called “Degas and his Dancers” for the Smithsonian Mueseum. During Olivia’s ballet career she performed leading roles in Giselle, La Bayadere, Paquita, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Flames of Paris, Cinderella, and had the opportunity to work with Nadia Veselova Tencer (stars of the 21st Century Ballet), Melanie Hamrick (American Ballet Threate), Debbie Allen (Debbie Allen Dance Academy), Edward Ellison (Ellison Ballet). Upon graduating Olivia decided to pursue her RAD certification which she will receive in June 2022.
Bianca Pariselli Instructor, BFA and Honours (Goh Ballet Bayview)
Bianca Pariselli trained at Canada’s National Ballet School studying classical ballet, pointe, partnering, repertoire, and character dance and performing in The Nutcracker, hosted by The National Ballet of Canada.
Bianca has a passion for sharing her love of dance with aspiring dancers and attended York University’s Dance program in joint with the Teacher Training Program at Canada’s National Ballet School, to further her knowledge in teaching dancers of all levels. Bianca has recently graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance along with Honours from York University where she studied ballet and modern dance. Bianca is currently in her last year of the Teacher Training Program, studying Classical Ballet and Royal Academy of Dance, as she prepares to receive her Registered Teaching Status. Bianca is also a Mat Pilates instructor and teaches her students how to properly warm up and condition their bodies to prevent injuries while performing at their best. Bianca’s teaching philosophy is that education through dance is being able to accommodate various learning styles while translating them through movements and sequences that are able to help her students progress effectively.
Sally Choi Instructor (Goh Ballet Bayview) BFA Dance, Dip. NBS TTP, RAD RTS
Sally began her ballet training in South Korea, studying the Vaganova method, followed by further training with the Royal Academy of Dance in Canada. In addition to completing her ballet exams with consecutive distinctions, she also received successful results from various competitions in British Columbia, as well as an acceptance into Boston Ballet School.
Once discovering her passion for teaching at an early age, she went onto study at York University for her Bachelors degree in Dance, which she entered with a scholarship for outstanding performance, followed by extended education in the Teacher Training Program at Canada’s National Ballet School. During her years at the two institutions, Sally enriched her knowledge not only in ballet, but also in areas such as contemporary dance, choreography, body conditioning, human anatomy, kinesiology, music theory and dance history. She also obtained exam certificates in Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and Cecchetti method.
Sally began working for the NBS during her time as a student, and continued teaching at the institution upon graduating, along with other studios around GTA.
Sally’s professional development progresses by the years. She has become a certified teacher in Progressing Ballet Technique, and continues to choreograph works for competitions, at which her students achieved successful results including: participation in the Hit The Floor Toronto All-Stars Showcase, achieving 1st and 2nd places in the RAD Dance Challenge and Top 12 in Youth America Grand Prix.
Gained through over 20 years of experience, Sally is thrilled to share her knowledge in dance with her students at Goh Ballet.