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Principals

Frances Chung

HERBERT FAMILY PRINCIPAL DANCER

Frances Chung

Biography

  • Born

    Vancouver, Canada

  • Training

    Goh Ballet Academy

  • Company Membership

    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

Frances Chung has danced major roles in Tomasson’s Giselle (Giselle, Myrtha), Nutcracker (Sugar Plum Fairy, Grand Pas de Deux Ballerina), The Sleeping Beauty(Aurora), Swan Lake (Odette/Odile); Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote (Kitri); Balanchine’s Coppélia (Swanilda); Scarlett’s Frankenstein (Elizabeth Lavenza); and Wheeldon’s Cinderella (Cinderella, Stepsister Clementine). She created roles in Forsythe’s Pas/Parts 2016, McGregor’s Borderlands, Peck’s In the Countenance of Kings, Rhoden’s LET’S BEGIN AT THE END, Scarlett’s Fearful Symmetries and Hummingbird, Welch’s Bespoke, Wheeldon’s Borealis, and Zanella’s Underskin, among others.

Her repertory includes Ashton’s Symphonic Variations; Balanchine’s Agon, Divertimento No. 15, Emeralds, Serenade, Symphony in C, and Theme and Variations; the pas de deux from Binet’s Children of Chaos; Elo’s Double Evil; Caniparoli’s Lambarena; Forsythe’s Artifact Suite, in the middle, somewhat elevated, and The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude; Liang’s Symphonic Dances; Lifar’s Suite en Blanc; Lubovitch’s Elemental Brubeck; MacMillan’s Winter Dreams; Makarova’s (after Petipa) “The Kingdom of the Shades” from La Bayadère, Act II, and Paquita; van Manen’s Variations for Two Couples; McGregor’s Chroma; Millepied’s The Chairman Dances—Quartet for Two; Morris’ Maelstrom; Nureyev’s Raymonda—Act III (Raymonda); Possokhov’s Classical Symphony, Francesca da Rimini, and Fusion; Ratmansky’s Seven Sonatas and Shostakovich Trilogy; Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering and Other Dances; Thatcher’s Ghost in the Machine; Tomasson’s Chaconne for Piano and Two Dancers, The Fifth Season, and Trio; and Wheeldon’s Continuum and Within the Golden Hour.

Frances received the Isadora Duncan Award for Outstanding Achievement in Performance (Individual) for the 2013 Repertory Season and the silver medal at the 2000 Adeline Genée Awards.

Q&A

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.