Recognized to be a combination of intricate choreography, scenic design, atmospheric lighting, accentuated costuming, graceful movements and a personification of music, Ballet is a dance like no other. It can be used to express our deepest emotions or to tell the most profound stories and has been globally influential, defining the foundational techniques used in many other dance genres and cultures. In Canada, Goh Ballet was established forty years ago by Choo Chiat and Lin Yee Goh, and has since grown into one of the most illustrious private dance schools in the world. Now under the directorship of Chan Hon Goh, former Principal Dancer of the National Ballet of Canada, Goh Ballet Academy is flourishing in the renaissance of a global arts community in Canada.
In 2019, we are delighted to have expanded to a second location. Goh Oakridge resides in the Oakridge Centre located at 650 West 41st Avenue (close to the Hudson’s Bay Company).The addition of 3 spacious and newly renovated studios has enabled us to program even more offerings and to collaborate with other arts organizations, bringing performing arts to the forefront of daily life.
Looking to the future, and as a part of the major redevelopment of the Oakridge neighborhood in Vancouver, the Goh Academy will be immersed in a new cultural oasis, and will feature unparalleled facilities, joining dance, education and performances into one world-class performing arts centre. Equipped with agility, strength and poise, dancers of Goh Ballet will be empowered to take the international stage with assurance.
This commitment to nurturing dancers has garnered Goh Ballet students first place gold-medal awards at some of the most influential international dance events in the world, such as the Genèe International Competition (UK), the Tanzolymp Festival (GER), the World Ballet Competition (USA) and the Prix de Lausanne (SWZ). Many of our dancers go on to become leaders in the artistic community contributing to the ways people express, view and enjoy art as a part of every day.
Our dedicated facilities will encompass of not only eight highly engineered dance studios but will also feature a theatre with a stage the size of most opera houses, allowing artists to practice and hone their craft. Goh Ballet will have the unique advantage of rehearsing and producing shows in one of the largest cultural hubs in the world with unrivaled opportunities to train, perform and travel showcasing exceptional talents. Our performing arts centre will also be supported with access to physio and massage therapy treatment, student lounges complete with video viewing and self-study spaces, a full dance archival library as well as Pilates and weight-training facilities, preparing aspiring artists to make the very best of opportunities that await them in the future. As a key cultural institution,Goh Ballet will help Oakridge become a destination for world-class performing arts experiences.
An art form that touches human emotions beyond that of anything else, dance speaks to the soul. Goh Ballet cherishes and exudes beauty, grace and elegance by encouraging and introducing people to lead creatively inspired lives. The Arts are meant to be shared and Goh Ballet gives dance with the highest level of care and based upon principles of building and evolving perfection, inspiring possibilities and propelling motivation. With the unique and individualized approach to fostering talent at various levels of development, Goh Ballet goes beyond dance, to nurture human interactions and contribute to the cultural landscape. Join us on our journey to celebrate and realize the visions of Goh Ballet!