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Men of the Moment 2018

By Ray Dennison

Photography by Inti St. Clair | Styling by Lisa Powers | Grooming by Gabby Camacho and Alessandra Trazzi with Ceron Hair Studio | Shot on location at The Wilshire

03.28.18

What do you get when you combine a ballet dancer, a local style icon, a real estate visionary, a hot chef and a fashion boss? A fascinating quintet of disruptors shaping the city into the country’s most dynamic place to be.

Deconstructed jacket, $2,200, by Thom Browne; shirt, $510, gaberdine trouser, $490, and cap, $310, all by Prada; sneakers, $540, by Maison Margiela; all at Forty Five Ten, River Oaks District.

CHUN WAI CHAN
WHAT'S NOW 
After six years with Houston Ballet—and a stunning performance as last year’s Nutcracker—25-year-old Chan leaps into a new position as the company’s newest principal dancer.

WHAT'S NEXT 
In June, he’ll take on the lead role of Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, closing out the 2017-2018 ballet season.

“I grew up in Huizhou, Guangdong [China] and started dancing in kindergarten. When I was 12 years old, I decided I wanted to pursue it as a career. At first, my family didn’t want me to dance, but I eventually persuaded them to allow me to leave and pursue my dream. I credit my family with my success, and I video chat with them often and visit twice a year. I moved from China to the United States in 2010, and the first thing I noticed about Houston was the open sky. Houston Ballet has given me so many opportunities, and I love dancing with so many talented people. Dance is extremely powerful and allows you to express your thoughts without words. I can’t wait to perform as Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake. Becoming successful at a young age has challenges, but I want to make sure I’m doing my best every day to impress those who watch me dance.”