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Yuhui Choe

First Soloist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Yuhui Choe in action.
Yuhui Choe in Requiem, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2012

Korean dancer Yuhui Choe is a First Soloist of The Royal Ballet. She was a Prix de Lausanne Apprentice with The Royal Ballet in 2002 and joined the Company as an Artist in 2003, promoted to First Artist in 2006 and First Soloist in 2008. Her repertory with the Company includes Cinderella, Alice, Princess Aurora (The Sleeping Beauty), Nikiya and Gamzatti (La Bayadère), Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker), Lise (La Fille mal gardée), Lescaut’s Mistress (Manon), Polyhymnia (Apollo) and roles in Scènes de ballet, Rhapsody, Requiem, Symphonic Variations, Concerto, ‘Rubies’ (Jewels), Chroma, Symphony in C, Song of the Earth and Woolf Works.

Choe was born in Fukuoka and began dancing aged five. Aged 14 she moved to Paris to train with Daini Kudo and after winning silver in the 2000 Paris International Dance Competition began training with Dominique Khalfouni. In 2002 she won first prize and the contemporary dance prize at the Prix de Lausanne and went on to join The Royal Ballet as an apprentice. Her first major solo role with the Company was Princess Florine (Makarova’s The Sleeping Beauty) in 2004, and her first role as First Soloist was Nikiya. She has gone on to dance many of the Principal roles, becoming particularly known for her interpretation of Ashton repertory.

Choe often works with Jonathan Watkins and created roles in his As One and ‘Diana and Actaeon’ (Metamorphosis: Titian 2012, in collaboration with Will Tuckett and Liam Scarlett). She has also created roles in Infra, Limen, ‘Fire’ (Homage to The Queen) and DGV: Danse à grande vitesse on the main stage and in The Human Edge in the Linbury Studio Theatre, among others. In 2008 she won a Critics’ Circle Dance Award.

Videos

News and features

Cast Change: Yasmine Naghdi to dance in Onegin on 11 February 2015

Cast Change: Yasmine Naghdi to dance in Onegin on 11 February 2015

11 February 2015

Yasmine Naghdi to replace Yuhui Choe in the role of Olga for the matinee performance.

International ballet stars to perform at Ann Maguire Gala on 22 March 2015

International ballet stars to perform at Ann Maguire Gala on 22 March 2015

26 January 2015

Evening of world class dance to honour the life of Ann Maguire and celebrate her legacy.

Thank you for helping us to reach 100,000 YouTube subscribers!

Thank you for helping us to reach 100,000 YouTube subscribers!

12 December 2014

To mark the milestone, we've picked out some of our favourite Royal Opera House clips to date.

Photos

Yuhui Choe in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet

Tristan Dyer and Yuhui Choe in rehearsal for Scènes de ballet, The Royal Ballet

Yuhui Choe as Nikiya in La Bayadère

Chance to Dance demos

Royal Ballet Dancer Kenta Kura in rehearsals with Mayuri Boonham for Ex Nihilo / The Human Edge

Valentino Zucchetti and Yuhui Choe in rehearsal for Scènes de ballet, The Royal Ballet

Yuhui Choe in Concerto

The Royal Ballet in Limen

Yuhui Choe in Scènes de ballet

Yuhui Choe as the Rose Fairy and artists of The Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Yuhui Choe as Nikiya in La Bayadère

Yuhui Choe, Johannes Stepanek and Bennet Gartside in Agon, The Royal Ballet

Yuhui Choe in The Royal Ballet's Voices of Spring

Yuhui Choe in Concerto

Yuhui Choe as Nikiya in La Bayadère

Mayuri Boonham in rehearsals for Ex Nihilo / The Human Edge

Royal Ballet Dancers Kenta Kura and Yuhui Choe in rehearsals with Mayuri Boonham for Ex Nihilo / The Human Edge

Royal Ballet Dancers Kenta Kura and Yuhui Choe in rehearsals with Mayuri Boonham for Ex Nihilo / The Human Edge

Valentino Zucchetti and Yuhui Choe in Giselle, The Royal Ballet

Yuhui Choe in Ludovic Ondiviela’s Cassandra

Yuhui Choe in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Akane Takada, Yuhui Choe and Paul Kay in Les Patineurs, The Royal Ballet

Yuhui Choe in Requiem, The Royal Ballet

Yuhui Choe

Yuhui Choe and Steven McRae in Concerto

Yuhui Choe as Olga and Johannes Stepanek as Lensky in Onegin

Yuhui Choe and Itziar Mendizabal in Ballo Della Regina

Alexander Campbell and Yuhui Choe in Voices of Spring