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.

Most important role: Princess Belle Sakura in The Prince of the Pagodas as it was the first principal role I danced and it was during my first season with the Company – it means a lot to me.

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

George Balanchine: Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Theme and Variations
David Bintley: The Prince of the Pagodas (Princess Belle Sakura, Balinese Girl), Beauty and the Beast (Wild Girl), Cinderella (Title role), Sylvia (Huntress, Diana's Followers), 'Still Life' at the Penguin Café (Great Auk), E=mc², The Shakespeare Suite (Juliet), The Tempest (Miranda), 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 (Principal couple)
Peter Wright's production of The Nutcracker (Sugar Plum Fairy, Clara's Friends, Mirlitons, Flowers) and The Sleeping Beauty (Aurora's Friends), and Peter Wright and Galina Samsova's production of Swan Lake (Odette/Odile, Pas de quatre)

Header image: Clothing and styling generously supplied by UK dancewear specialists Dans-ez