In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month, LaDuca is honored to spotlight five inspiring performers whose work in the Entertainment Industry has greatly impacted the field and continues to inspire creativity, conversation, and change both on and off the stage.
Alex Wong was born in Canada and trained at the Goh Ballet Academy in Vancouver. As a young dancer, he won two Junior World Titles in Tap and Showdance, the Royal Academy of Dancing Solo Deal, the Audience Choice Award, the Bronze Medal at the Genee International Ballet Competition, and was the first Canadian to win the Prix de Lausanne competition in Switzerland. Alex is best known for his performances as a “So You Think You Can Dance” All Star and as a former Miami City Ballet principal dancer. He was also in the major motion picture movie “The Greatest Showman,” and in Broadway’s Newsies. Additional credits include “Flesh & Bone,” “American Idol,” “Fosse/Verdon,” and the Broadway revival of The King and I.
With all the recent events that have been happening I’m happy we are celebrating AAPI heritage month. It’s been a tough year for a lot of AAPI folks, however we’ve also had many groundbreaking moments to be proud of.
I am so proud to be part of the AAPI community. When I was growing up, I didn’t think it was realistic to pursue a career in the Entertainment industry because I never saw any Asians on TV. It was one of the reasons I pursued a career in a ballet company first as I felt it was more colorblind. I’m honored to pave the way for more AAPI performers.
Follow Alex @alexdwong and visit www.alexdwong.com.