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Chan-hon Goh

Chan-hon Goh (simplified Chinese: 吴振红; traditional Chinese: 吳振紅; pinyin: Wú Zhènhóng; Jyutping: Ng4 Zan3 hung4), born in 1969 in Beijing, China, is a Chinese-born Canadian ballet dancer. She was the principal dancer with the National Ballet of Canada.

Both of her parents (Choo-chiat Goh and Lin-yee Goh) were principal dancers in the National Ballet of China. In 1976, during the height of political unrest, they left China for Vancouver, British Columbia, where they established the Goh Ballet Academy. Goh's uncle, Choo San Goh, was an American choreographer.


Chan-hon Goh began her career in 1978 at the Goh Ballet Academy. She entered the National Ballet of Canada in 1988, and was appointed Second Soloist in 1990 and First Soloist in 1992. She became a principal dancer in 1994.

She has performed with various ballet companies, including:

Goh is a winner of the Prix de Lausanne (1986) and a silver medalist in the Genée International Ballet Competition (1988).

She received training from British dancer/choreographer Anton Dolin as well as her husband Chun Che (a former principal dancer with the National Ballet of China).

In 2002, Goh's autobiography (co-written with Cary Fagan) entitled Beyond the Dance: A Ballerina's Life was released by Tundra Books. The book was a finalist for the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction. Goh is currently the director of the Goh Ballet Academy.

See also

External links

  • Dance like Everyone is Watching
  • Chan-hon Goh

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