Incheon, South Korea

Dance Training

Sun Hwa Arts School (Seoul, Korea)
Canada National Ballet School
John Cranko Schule (Stuttgart, Germany)

Year Joined


Promoted to First Soloist


Promoted to Principal


Previous Companies

Leipziger Ballet
Tulsa Ballet

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 she was promoted to first soloist in 2014 and principal in 2018.

What initially impressed me about Soo Youn Cho was her charming demeanor. As rehearsals continued I noticed she had a very strong and natural acting ability plus a strong clean classical technique. She has an enormous amount of experience in performing many principal and soloist roles and possesses a great artistic maturity in her work.

Steven Woodgate

Houston Ballet Repertoire

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 BruiserGiselleLa Bayadère (Gamzatti), Maninyas (Purple, Red), and Tapestry (3rd Lead)
George Balanchine's Theme and VariationsBallet 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
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 MarieSwan LakePlayPaquitaMadame ButterflyOf Blessed MemoryVelocityRomeo and Juliet, and The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.


Chun Wai Chan

Connor Walsh