On 27th May 2021, it is a delight to welcome First Soloist Yuhui Choe. In 2002, Korean born Yuhui was one of the first Prix de Lausanne Apprentices with The Royal Ballet and she joined the Company as an Artist the following year. After training in Fukuoka in Japan, aged 14 she moved to Paris to train with Daini Kudo and then Dominique Khalfouni.
Her first major role with the Company was as Princess Florine in Natalia Makarova’s production of The Sleeping Beauty in 2004 and her first role as a First Soloist was as Nikiya in Makarova’s production of La Bayadere. Yuhui has won competitions and awards and created roles in many ballets. In recent seasons she has danced Swanilda, Lescaut’s Mistress, Kitri’s Friend, in Within the Golden Hour, the Young Girl in The Two Pigeons and Princess Stephanie in Mayerling.
Married to former Principal Nehemiah Kish, Yuhui has just returned from maternity leave after the birth of their daughter Myriam. Always popular with people, this will be Yuhui’s third talk to the Association. We can expect an enjoyable evening with a dancer who has performed many roles across the Company’s repertoire.
On 16th June 2021, we are delighted to welcome Royal Ballet Soloist Meaghan Grace Hinkis as our guest. Meaghan grew up in Connecticut and trained locally at the Hartt School and privately with Fabrice Herrault in New York. Aged 13 she won a scholarship at the Youth America Grand Prix to study at the School of American Ballet Theater, entered the ABT Studio Company in 2007 and graduated into ABT in 2010.
The following year she joined the Royal Ballet as an Artist and was promoted to Soloist in 2015. In the next few weeks, she performs in Dances at a Gathering and makes her debut in a Principal role in Within the Golden Hour. In recent seasons she has danced as Clara, in Monotones, as Dorabella in Enigma Variations and as Lescaut’s Mistress. Her creations include the role of Justine in Frankenstein.
Meaghan last spoke to the Association in 2012, so we have a lot of roles to discuss. During the brief respite from lockdown last year, Meaghan, along with her boyfriend, organised the Athelhampton Ballet Gala in Dorset. We can expect a very entertaining evening.
On 7th July 2021, it gives us great pleasure to welcome First Soloist Valentino Zucchetti as our guest. Valentino last spoke to the Association in 2012, the year he was promoted to Soloist. Born in Calcinate, Valentino moved to Milan when he was 11 to study at La Scala Ballet School. Aged 16 he joined The Royal Ballet Upper School and whilst there won the 2006 Genée International Ballet Competition and the 2007 Solo Seal award.
On graduation, he joined Zurich Ballet, then joined The Royal Ballet in 2010. He was promoted to First Soloist in 2014. He has danced soloist and principal roles across the repertoire, including, in recent seasons, Mercutio, Lescaut, Lensky, Colas and in Within the Golden Hour.
He has created roles in many new works. In 2005 he won the School’s Ursula Moreton Choreographic Award. He has regularly created pieces for various Draft Works programmes and choreographed for the Royal Ballet School. Just prior to this meeting, his Anemoi will receive its premiere on the Opera House stage. We look forward to a fascinating evening.