Spotlight on: Tzu-Chao Chou

Following on from our previous post, we're thrilled to shine a spotlight on our newest male principal dancer, Tzu-Chao Chou. Read on for all you need to know!


Who is Tzu-Chao?

Born in Taiwan, Tzu-Chao Chou trained at the Australian Ballet School and joined The Australian Ballet upon graduating in 2004. His repertory included First Red Knight in Ninette de Valois’ Checkmate, First Movement Principal in Kenneth MacMillan’s Concerto, Franz in Peggy van Praagh’s Coppélia, Bluebird / Prince Florimund in Stanton Welch’s The Sleeping Beauty, Wayne McGregor’s Dyad 1929, Petal Miller Ashmole’s La Favorita and August Bournonville’s Flower Festival in Genzano. He has performed Le Spectre de la rose as a guest artist with English National Ballet and Dance for Fall, New York. He joined Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2011 and acheived First Solois in 2012 and Principal in 2017.


What do the press say?

" ...a speedy virtuoso dancer, dyed bright blue, Tzu-Chao Chou makes a triumphant first entrance, bobbing midair at the top of a pillar of smoke, before whizzing through a firework display of leaps and turns."

The Independent on Aladdin

"Tzu-Chao Chou’s inexhaustible Puck is an airy sprite, full of elastic split jumps and flicks, strong on mischief"

Bach Track on Dream

AWARDS
Christine Marie Johnson Maple-Brown scholarship, 2009
The Australian Ballet Society Scholarship, 2004
Asian Pacific International Ballet Competition, Gold medallist 2003

REPERTORY INCLUDES
Frederick Ashton: The Dream (Puck), La Fille mal gardée (Alain, Cockerel) and Symphonic Variations
David Bintley: Aladdin (The Djinn of the Lamp), The Prince of the Pagodas (King of the East, Fool), Beauty and the Beast (Raven), Far from the Madding Crowd (Tumbler), Flowers of the Forest, E=mc² ('Celeritas²') and Faster, and David Bintley and Galina Samsova's production of Giselle ('Harvest pas de deux')
John Cranko: Pineapple Poll (Jasper)
Jessica Lang: Lyric Pieces
Kenneth MacMillan: Elite Syncopations ('Alaskan Rag')
Alexander Whitley: Kin.
Peter Wright's production of The Nutcracker (Prince)