Frances Chung (© Chris Hardy)
Joined in 2001. Promoted to Soloist in 2005, to Principal Dancer in 2009.
Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Frances Chung trained at the Goh Ballet Academy before joining the Company in 2001. She was promoted to soloist in 2005 and principal dancer in 2009. Chung has danced a diverse range of roles including the Sugar Plum Fairy, Grand Pas de Deux Ballerina, and Snow Queen in Tomasson’s Nutcracker; Myrtha in Tomasson’s Giselle, the Enchanted Princess in Tomasson’s The Sleeping Beauty; Neopolitan, Russian Princess, and pas de trois in Tomasson’s Swan Lake; the Queen of the Dryads in Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote, and Swanilda in Balanchine’s Coppélia. Her repertory also includes lead roles in Ashton’s Symphonic Variations; Balanchine’s Symphony in C, Divertimento No. 15, Theme and Variations, Tarantella, and “Emeralds”; Bintley’s The Dance House; Elo’s Double Evil; Forsythe’s Artifact Suite and in the middle, somewhat elevated; Lubovitch's “…smile with my heart” and Elemental Brubeck; MacMillan’s Winter Dreams; Makarova’s Paquita; McGregor’s Chroma; Possokhov’s Classical Symphony and Fusion; Welch’s Naked; Wheeldon’s Number Nine; and Zanella’s Underskin. Among other honors, Chung was a finalist and prize winner at the Prix de Lausanne in 2000 and received the top honor of a silver medal at the Adeline Genée Awards in London that same year.