Frances Chung


Frances Chung


  • BORN

    Vancouver, Canada


    Goh Ballet Academy


    Joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in 2001
    Promoted to soloist in 2005
    Promoted to principal dancer in 2009
    Appointed Herbert Family Principal Dancer in 2018

helgi Tomasson

7 for Eight


Chaconne for Piano and Two Dancers



Don Quixote (Kitri, Kitri’s Friends, and Queen of the Driads)

The Fifth Season

Haffner Symphony

Giselle (Giselle, Myrtha, Peasant pas de cinq, and Solo Wili)

Nutcracker (Queen of the Snow, Snowflakes, Sugar Plum Fairy, Spanish, Flowers, and Grand Pas de Deux Ballerina)

On a Theme of Paganini

Prism (pas de trois)

Le Quattro Stagioni

Romeo & Juliet (Acrobats)

The Sleeping Beauty (Aurora, pas de six, and Enchanted Princess/Bluebird pas de deux)

Swan Lake (Odette/Odile, Neapolitan, Act I pas de trois, Russian Princess, and Czardas)



frederick Ashton 

Symphonic Variations


george Balanchine 

Agon (pas de trois)

Ballo della Regina

Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet

Coppélia (Swanilda)

Divertimento No. 15 (Allegro – Ballerina)


The Four Temperaments (Sanguinic)


Serenade (Russian Girl and Angel) 

Square Dance 

Stars and Stripes 

Symphony in C


Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux

Theme and Variations

Who Cares?


robert Binet

Children of Chaos (pas de deux)


david Bintley

The Dance House

val Caniparoli

Ibsen’s House (Hedda Gabler in “Hedda Gabler”)



david Dawson

Anima Animus


jorma Elo

Double Evil


michel Fokine



william Forsythe

Artifact Suite

in the middle, somewhat elevated

Pas/Parts 2016 (originated)

The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude


margaret Jenkins

Thread (originated)


james Kudelka

The Ruins Proclaim the Building Was Beautiful (originated)

Terra Firma (“Purple”)


edwaard Liang

Symphonic Dances


natalia Makarova after marius Petipa

La Bayadère, Act II (Nikiya and 3rd Solo Shade in “The Kingdom of the Shades”)

Paquita (demi-soloist and pas de trois)


hans van Manen

Variations for Two Couples


wayne McGregor

Borderlands (originated)



benjamin Millepied

The Chairman Dances—Quartet for Two


mark Morris

Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes 

A Garden




Sandpaper Ballet



rudolf Nureyev

Raymonda—Act III (Raymonda)


ashley Page

Guide to Strange Places


justin Peck

In the Countenance of Kings (originated role of Electress)


yuri Possokhov

Classical Symphony

Diving into the Lilacs

Francesca da Rimini (Francesca)



alexei Ratmansky

Le Carnaval des Animaux (Turtle)

From Foreign Lands

Russian Seasons (Violet Woman)

Seven Sonatas

Piano Concerto #1 in Shostakovich Trilogy


dwight Rhoden 

LET’S BEGIN AT THE END (originated)


jerome Robbins

Dances at a Gathering (Yellow)

Glass Pieces

Other Dances


wade Robson

The Energy Between Us


liam Scarlett

Fearful Symmetries (originated)

Frankenstein (Elizabeth Lavenza)

Hummingbird (originated)


myles Thatcher

Ghost in the Machine


vasili Vainonen

Flames of Paris (pas de deux)


stanton Welch

Bespoke (originated)

Naked (originated)

Tu Tu


christopher Wheeldon

Borealis (originated)

Carousel (A Dance)

Cinderella (Cinderella and Stepsister Clementine)



Number Nine


Within the Golden Hour


renato Zanella

Underskin (originated)

  • Received the Isadora Duncan Award for Outstanding Achievement in Performance (Individual) for San Francisco Ballet's 2013 Repertory Season.
  • Finalist at the Helsinki International Competition, 2001.
  • Awarded silver medal (no gold medal awarded) at the Adeline Genée Awards, London, 2000.
  • Finalist and prizewinner at the Prix de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland, 2000.
  • Awarded 3rd place with partner Nozomi Haga at the Japan National Pas de Deux Competition, 1999.
  • Danced Stanton Welch’s Swan Lake at Houston Ballet, 2018.
  • Performed Robert Binet’s Children of Chaos at the Fall for Dance North Festival, Toronto, 2017.
  • Danced Black Swan Pas de Deux from Swan Lake with Tiit Helimets at Fête des Beaux Arts, Allen Civic Ballet, Allen, Texas, 2015.
  • Performed at the International Ballet Gala for the 80th anniversary of Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, 2014.
  • Performed Don Quixote at Paras Los Niños Bellas Artes Gala, Los Angeles, 2011.
  • Performed with M & Company, Germany, 2010.
  • Performed in the Noosa Long Weekend Festival as part of the International Stars of Ballet, Noosa, Australia, 2010.
  • Performed Flames of Paris and Baba on tour with M & Company, Germany and Poland, 2009.
  • Performed Diana and Acteon Pas de Deux at Tanzgala 2008, Augsburg, Germany, 2008.
  • Performed Diana and Acteon Pas de Deux at Les Etoiles de Ballet 2000, Cannes, France, 2007.
  • Danced the 3rd act of Don Quixote and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux at the Spoleto Festival, Spoleto, Italy, 2006.


I love San Francisco because...

It's the birthplace of my career, my marriage, and my lifelong friendships...the food here is also exceptional.

What's your perfect day?

Going to Ocean Beach with my husband, John, and my Chihuahua, Iggy.

What can always make you laugh

Diego Cruz.