Soo Youn Cho, Soloist
Sun Hwa Arts School, Seoul, Korea
Canada National Ballet School
John Cranko Schule Ballet School, Stuttgart, Germany
Joined the Company
Promoted to Soloist
Taming of the Shrew by John Cranko
Romeo and Juliet
In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated by William Forsythe
The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude
Soo Youn Cho was born in Incheon, Korea. She trained at the Sun Hwa Arts School, Canada National Ballet School with a full scholarship from the 2002 Prix de Lausanne, and John-Cranko Ballet School in Stuttgart, Germany.
Ms. Cho has earned numerous awards: She won a gold medal at the 2001 Korea Ballet Competition; In 2002, she was a winner at the Prix de Lausanne and won a bronze medal at the 2002 Varna Competition in Bulgaria; and in 2005 she earned a gold medal at the Tanzolymp in Berlin. She danced professionally with Leipziger Ballet in Germany before joining Tulsa Ballet in 2007 where she was promoted to principal in 2010. Ms. Cho joined Houston Ballet as a demi soloist in 2012 and promoted to soloist in 2014.
Her repertoire includes principal roles in The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker; John Cranko's The Taming of the Shrew; Ronald Hynd’s The Merry Widow (Valencienne) Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon (Lescaut’s Mistress); Ben Stevenson's Dracula and Apollo; William Forsythe's In the Middle, Somewhat elevated; Jorma Elo’s ONE/end/ONE; Stanton Welch's Bruiser, Giselle, La Bayadère (Gamzatti), Maninyas (Purple, Red), and Tapestry (3rd Lead); George Balanchine's Theme and Variations, Ballet Imperial (Lead), Ballo della Regina (Solo); Jerome Robbins’ The Concert; John Neumeier’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Ma Cong's Blood Rush and Carmina Burana; Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Elite Syncopations; William Forsythe's The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude; Hans van Manen's Black Cake; Nacho Duato's Remansos and Por vos Muero; Jorma Elo's Slice to Sharp; Jiří Kylián's Petite Mort and Six Dances; Twyla Tharp's Push Comes to Shove and Nine Sinatra Songs; James Kudelka's There, Below; Young Soon Hue's This is Your Life; and Andre Prokovsky's The Great Gatsby. Ms. Cho’s repertoire also includes classical and contemporary works by: Harald Lander’s Etudes; David Bintley’s Aladdin; Twyla Tharp's The Brahms-Haydn Variations; Trey McIntyre’s Peter Pan; Jiří Kylián's Sinfonietta; and Stanton Welch’s Marie, Swan Lake, Play, Paquita, Madame Butterfly, Of Blessed Memory, Velocity, Romeo and Juliet, and The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.
Headshot by Amitava Sarkar