Three Ballerinas Say Farewell

Published in the June/July 2009 issue.

Chan Hon Goh, a principal with The National Ballet of Canada since 1994, will perform with the company for the last time in June. Afterwards, she’ll have her hands full teaching at her parents’ Vancouver-based Goh Ballet Academy and further developing Principal by Chan Hon Goh, the shoe line she began with her husband 12 years ago.


Nina Ananiashvili, who has appeared with American Ballet Theatre since 1993, will give her final performance with the company on June 27. She will remain the State Ballet of Georgia’s artistic director, a position she has held since September 2004, and continue to dance with the company and internationally as a guest artist.


Seventeen-year San Francisco Ballet veteran Tina LeBlanc, who took her final bow on May 9, plans to devote herself to teaching at the company’s school. “I’m also excited to have a little ‘me time’ to do crafts, like quilting, crocheting and beading,” LeBlanc says. —Elizabeth Gorgas