Frances Chung (© Chris Hardy)
Joined in 2001. Promoted to soloist in 2005.
Promoted to principal dancer in 2009.
Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Frances Chung trained at Goh Ballet Academy before joining the Company in 2001. She was promoted to soloist in 2005 and to principal dancer in 2009.
Chung has danced such major roles as Giselle and Myrtha in Tomasson’s Giselle; Grand Pas de Deux Ballerina, Sugar Plum Fairy, and Queen of the Snow in Tomasson’s Nutcracker; Enchanted Princess in Tomasson’s The Sleeping Beauty; Kitri in Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote; Swanilda in Balanchine’s Coppélia; and Cinderella and Stepsister Clementine in Wheeldon’s Cinderella. She has created roles in many ballets, including Jenkins’ Thread, Kudelka’s The Ruins Proclaim the Building Was Beautiful, McGregor’s Borderlands, Scarlett’s Hummingbird, Welch’s Naked, Wheeldon’s Borealis, and Zanella’s Underskin.
Her repertory also includes lead roles in Tomasson’s Caprice, Chaconne for Piano and Two Dancers, Criss-Cross, The Fifth Season, Swan Lake, and Trio; Ashton’s Symphonic Variations; Balanchine’s Agon, Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet, Divertimento No. 15, “Emeralds,” Serenade (Dark Angel and Russian Girl), Symphony in C, Theme and Variations, and Tarantella; Bintley’s The Dance House; 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 “… smile with my heart” and 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; Morris’ Maelstrom; Nureyev’s Raymonda—Act III (Raymonda); Page’s Guide to Strange Places; Possokhov’s Classical Symphony, Diving into the Lilacs, Francesca da Rimini, and Fusion; Ratmansky’s Le Carnaval des Animaux, From Foreign Lands, Russian Seasons, and Shostakovich Trilogy (Piano Concerto #1); Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering (Yellow); and Wheeldon’s Number Nine, Rush, and Within the Golden Hour.
As a guest artist, Chung danced the Black Swan pas de deux from Swan Lake with Tiit Helimets at Allen Civic Ballet’s Fête des Beaux Arts in Allen, Texas, in 2015. She performed at the International Ballet Gala for the 80th anniversary of Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Mexico, in 2014; at Tanzgala 2008 in Augsburg, Germany; at Les Etoiles de Ballet 2000 in Cannes, France; and at the Spoleto Festival in Italy.
Chung received the Isadora Duncan Award for Outstanding Achievement in Performance (Individual) for the 2013 Repertory Season. She was a finalist and prizewinner 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.