Yaoqian Shang

First Soloist

Born: China

Trained: Beijing Dance Academy at the Royal Ballet School

Joined: 2013; Soloist, 2016; First Soloist, 2018.

Guest performances: Les Flammes de Paris pas de deux at a gala in Mexico, 2016; Polunin Project, London Coliseum, 2017.

Favourite full-length ballet:Romeo and Juliet has always been my favourite ballet, I am so grateful to have the opportunity to dance this master piece to feel the freedom on stage.

Most challenging role: Odette/Odile in Swan Lake – it’s technically the most challenging classical ballet, so also my most rewarding role.

Awards: Gold medal, Beijing Ballet Dance Schools' Invitational, 2010; Bronze medal, Youth American Grand Prix, 2010; Dame Ninette de Valois Award for the Most Outstanding Female Graduating Student, Royal Ballet School, 2013; Ballet Association Award, 2011, 2012.


Frederick Ashton: La Fille mal gardée (Lise), The Dream
George Balanchine: Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Theme and Variations
David Bintley: Hobson's Choice (Salvation Army), The Prince of the Pagodas (Princess Belle Sakura, Balinese Girl), Beauty and the Beast (Wild Girl), Cinderella (Title role), The Tempest (Miranda), Aladdin (Princess Badr al-Budur, Rubies), Sylvia (Huntress, Diana's Followers), 'Still Life' at the Penguin Café (Great Auk), E=mc², The Shakespeare Suite (Juliet), Tombeaux
John Cranko:The Taming of the Shrew
Kit Holder: Quatrain
Kenneth Macmillan:Solitaire (The Girl), Romeo and Juliet (Juliet)
Hans van Manen:5 Tangos
Peter Wright's production of The Nutcracker (Sugar Plum Fairy, Clara's Friends, Mirlitons, Rose Fairy) and The Sleeping Beauty (Princess Aurora, Enchanted Princess, Fairy of Beauty), and Peter Wright and Galina Samsova's production of Swan Lake (Odette/Odile, Pas de quatre)

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