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Kee Juan Han

KEE JUAN HAN (Director, The Washington School of Ballet) Mr. Han began his dance training in his native Singapore at age ten under the direction of Florrie Sinclair and Goh Soo Khim. Upon graduation from the Australian Ballet School he was invited to dance with the Sydney Dance Company, then the Goh Ballet in Canada, where he was also trained by Lin Yee Goh to teach the Vaganova method. Mr. Han was a principal dancer with the Indianapolis Ballet Theatre and a soloist with the Boston Ballet. Upon retiring from his dance career, he directed the Arizona Ballet School from 1993 to 2003. Mr. Han was a full-time faculty member at the North Carolina School of the Arts from 2003 to 2007 and the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award at NCSA. He is the co-founder of the American Ballet Competition and is featured in the Singapore Encyclopedia. Mr. Han was awarded the 2008 Dance Teacher of the Year Award by Dance magazine. He was named best teacher and coach at the Youth America Grand Prix (Long Beach) in 2000 and (Pittsburgh) in 2015. Under his directorship The Washington School of Ballet was awarded the best youth dance performance by MetroDC Dance and the Best School Award at the Youth America Grand Prix (Torrington) for three consecutive years. Mr. Han has trained many prominent dancers, namely David Hallberg, principal of Bolshoi Ballet and American Ballet Theater. He has coached many prize winners in numerous international ballet competitions and implemented the teaching syllabus for The Washington School of Ballet. Mr. Han is a master guest teacher and is frequently invited to judge ballet competitions, and give master classes around the world.