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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), Polyhymnia (Apollo) and roles in Rhapsody, Requiem, Concerto, ‘Rubies’ (Jewels), Chroma and Symphony in C.

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 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

Casting Confirmation: Additional debuts announced for Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon

Casting Confirmation: Additional debuts announced for Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon

17 September 2014

Casts include Principal Guest Artist Carlos Acosta as Lescaut.

Cast confirmation: Sampling The Myth at Deloitte Ignite 2014

Cast confirmation: Sampling The Myth at Deloitte Ignite 2014

26 August 2014

A number of Royal Ballet dancers are performing extracts from iconic dance works.

Watch: The Sleeping Beauty in rehearsal

Watch: The Sleeping Beauty in rehearsal

30 April 2014

See Anthony Dowell rehearsing Yuhui Choe as Aurora in this exclusive Insights event footage.

Mayuri Boonham creates new work with Royal Ballet dancers

Mayuri Boonham creates new work with Royal Ballet dancers

5 March 2014

Royal Ballet Choreographic Affiliate will work with Yuhui Choe and Kenta Kura.

Q&A: Yuhui Choe of The Royal Ballet

Q&A: Yuhui Choe of The Royal Ballet

26 March 2013

The First Soloist answers your questions on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, favourite works and Gangnam Style.

Royal Ballet receives multiple nominations in National Dance Awards 2012

Royal Ballet receives multiple nominations in National Dance Awards 2012

12 November 2012

Dancers and choreographers nominated in annual awards.

Photos

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

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

Mayuri Boonham in rehearsals for Ex Nihilo / The Human Edge © ROH / Ruairi Watson

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

Valentino Zucchetti and Yuhui Choe in Giselle, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2013

Yuhui Choe in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson 2014

Yuhui Choe as Nikiya in La Bayadère © Bill Cooper/ROH 2009

Yuhui Choe in The Royal Ballet's Voices of Spring © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2013

Alexander Campbell and Yuhui Choe in Voices of Spring © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2013

Yuhui Choe in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2013

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

Yuhui Choe and Itziar Mendizabal in Ballo Della Regina © Bill Cooper/ROH 2011

Chance to Dance demos © ROH 2011

The Royal Ballet in Limen © ROH 2011

Yuhui Choe as Olga and Johannes Stepanek as Lensky in Onegin © Bill Cooper/ROH 2010

Yuhui Choe and Steven McRae in Concerto © Johan Persson/ROH 2010

Yuhui Choe in Concerto © Johan Persson/ROH 2010

Yuhui Choe in Concerto © Johan Persson/ROH 2010

Akane Takada, Yuhui Choe and Paul Kay in Les Patineurs, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2010

Yuhui Choe

Yuhui Choe as Nikiya in La Bayadère © Bill Cooper/ROH 2009

Yuhui Choe as Nikiya in La Bayadère © Bill Cooper/ROH 2009

Yuhui Choe as Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty © Johan Persson/ROH 2009

Yuhui Choe, Johannes Stepanek and Bennet Gartside in Agon, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2009