SO Hon Wah 蘇漢華 Dip RBS (TCPD)
Ballet for Teachers Class Tutor
Chairman of Asian Grand Prix
Board Member at the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music & Dance Fund Committee
A gold medal winner of Asia Pacific Competition Japan in 1989, SO Hon Wah was born in Hong Kong and received early ballet training from Ms. Tania Tang. In 1986, he received a scholarship to study at the Beijing Dance Academy. Upon graduation in 1989, he joined the Hong Kong Ballet and was promoted to principal dancer in 1991, setting the milestone to be the first Hong Kong born male dancer to reach the prestigious ranking.
During his 11 years with the Hong Kong Ballet, SO danced major leading roles including Pu Yi in the world’s premier production of The Last Emperor; Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake; The Prince in Nutcracker: Albrecht in Gisele; James in La Sylphide; The Prince in Cinderella; Peter Pan in Peter Pan; Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux and Who Cares by Balanchine; and Pavane by Kenneth MacMillan.
In 1995, SO was awarded the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music & Dance Fund Scholarship to study at The Royal Ballet School in London to further his ballet education in teaching. He obtained a diploma of Teacher Course for Professional Dancer, one of the highest qualifications in professional ballet teaching.
Since retiring from stage in 2002, SO is committed to pass his passion and knowledge to the younger generation and became a ballet educator. In 2011, SO founded Asian Grand Prix International Ballet Competition, the first international competition in Hong Kong serving as a platform for talented young dancers in Asia.
In recognition of his achievement and contribution to ballet, SO was featured in the Hong Kong Dance Hall of Fame by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. He currently serves as a board member at the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music & Dance Fund committee.
日本亞太芭蕾舞大賽最高榮譽金牌得主蘇漢華出生於香港， 早年跟隨鄧曼妮老師學會芭蕾舞。1986年蘇氏獲得獎學金，前往北京舞蹈學院受訓。蘇氏於1989 加盟香港芭蕾舞團, 1991年晉升為首席芭蕾舞員，成為首名本土出生的男舞者達到此級別，為香港設下里程碑。
於香港芭蕾舞團的十一年內，蘇氏演出多個主要角色，包括於香港作全球首演的末代皇帝溥儀中的溥儀; 天鵝湖中的齊格弗里德王子; 吉賽爾中的阿爾布雷希特; 仙女中的詹姆斯; 胡桃夾子及灰姑娘中的王子; 小飛俠中的小飛俠; 巴蘭欽的柴可夫斯基雙人舞及由誰來關愛; 和麥克米蘭孔雀舞 。