Choo Chiat Goh
Choo Chiat Goh
|Years active||1960 -|
|Known for||Goh Ballet Academy|
Goh was born in Singapore, into a family of 10 children. His parents were Chinese, and spoke Mandarin. At the age of 13, he watched The Red Shoes and fell in love with the art form. Next year, he joined the Royal Ballet in England, and subsequently trained under dancer and choreographer Pyotr Gusev in China. In 1959, he graduated from the Beijing Dance Academy.
After training, he became a principal dancer at the National Ballet of China. The Cultural Revolution of 1966 - 1976 changed the way ballet was performed in China. He went to Canada to visit his sick mother and by remained there, and started the Goh Ballet Academy.
Goh is married to Lin Yee, also a ballet dancer. Their daughter is Chan Hon Goh. One of Goh's sisters, Soonee Goh, trained at the Royal Ballet School in London and co-founded the Singapore Ballet Academy in Singapore. Another sister, Soo Khim Goh, trained at the Australian Ballet, and was the co-founder of the Singapore Dance Theatre in 1988.
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