Chan Hon Goh
writes about teaching dancers to look beyond the steps.
Upon hearing this unexpected assessment of abilities, I felt ill. But what can I do? Well, in my rage to rebel and prove otherwise, I first cut my hair really short as if to say, “I didn’t care and I don’t need long hair anyways because I’m not doing Giselle”. Then I asked myself, “How would I tell a story through steps and emotions, through phrasings of the music and the subtleties of reactions, but without a single word?”
I was 26 years old and already a principal dancer of the largest classical ballet company in Canada. So I guess one could say I was a good dancer, but this was my turning point. I want to be an artist.