Isabel Yuan R.A.D.R.T.S., Cecchetti, A.I.S.T.D., N.B.S. P.D.T.D.
Ballet, Pointe, Pas de Deux, Character, Chinese Dance
Isabel Yuan performed under the name Kasumi Hayashi as a principal ballet dancer for fifteen years with Japan’s Tani Ballet Company. After retiring from performing in 1995, Ms. Yuan came to Canada to study at the National Ballet School. After her teacher training, she taught Teacher Training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, and students of both the Professional and General Divisions. Ms. Yuan moved to BC in the summer of 1998 and began teaching at Caulfield School of Dance that September.
Ms. Yuan was appointed as a Vocational Examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance in 2005; and has been a Dual Examiner since 2011. Ms. Yuan’s teaching credentials include: the National Ballet Professional Dancer Teaching Certification (N.B.S. P.D.T.C.), Imperial Society Teachers of Dancing, Advanced Certification and Associate Certification (A.I.S.T.D.), Royal Academy of Dance Teaching Certification (R.A.D. R.T.S.) and the Cecchetti Associate and Advanced Certificates.
Born in China, Ms. Yuan began professional Russian training at the Beijing Ballet Academy at the age of ten. After graduating with distinction in all subjects, she immediately went on to dance professionally in Japan. As a Principal with Japan’s Tani Ballet Company, and as a Guest Artist with the Houston Ballet Company in the U.S., the National Ballet of Canada, and others, she danced leading roles in the most famous classical ballets, such as Les Sylphides, Don Quixote, and Swan Lake.
Ms. Yuan holds a full-time faculty position with Goh Ballet Academy, Vancouver, and is in demand worldwide as a Master Teacher. Her Guest Teaching credits includes the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School of Canada, the Bejing National Ballet School, and the National Ballet School of New Zealand. With her international touring as an examiner and teacher, Ms. Yuan’s professional enrichment is constant. We are very grateful to have her expertise and passion for classical dance at Caulfield School of Dance.