Magazine article Dance Magazine

Chan Hon Goh

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Chan Hon Goh

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"I have no regrets," says Chan Hon Goh, after more than 20 years with the National Ballet of Canada, 15 as a principal ballerina. Goh, 40, incurred whiplash in a car accident three years ago--driving to class as she reconditioned her body after the birth of son Aveary. Without the injury's lingering effects, Goh says she might have danced a few more years. Instead she's decided to bid her fans farewell. Her final appearance will be at the company's fundraising gala, June 17.

Born in Beijing, Goh started a new life in Canada when her ballet teacher parents, Lin Yee and Choo Chiat Goh, brother of late choreographer Choo San Goh, moved to Vancouver in 1977. As told in her 2002 autobiography, the family lived humbly in a rented basement apartment as Goh's parents, her main teachers, struggled to build their business. Today, the Goh Ballet Academy is among Canada's most respected private schools.

In 1988 Goh won a silver medal at the Adeline Genee Competition in London. …

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