Yijing Zhang


Born: China

Trained: Beijing Dance Academy and Hamburg Ballet School

Joined: 2008; Soloist, 2016

Awards: Laureate, Prix de Lausanne, 2006; Gold Medal, Beijing Ballet Dance School Invitational, 2006; Gold Medal, Fourth Shanghai International Ballet Competition, 2006.

Created roles: Roles in Jessica Lang’s Lyric Pieces and Wink, and Alexander Whitley’s Kin.

Most rewarding role: Emilia in José Limón’s The Moor’s Pavane. It’s based on Shakespeare’s Othello, which I read to help me get the character right. It was so enjoyable to be able to put so much of myself into a role.


Frederick Ashton: The Dream (Hermia), Enigma Variations (The Lady), A Month in the Country (Katia)
George Balanchine: Serenade (Dark Angel)
David Bintley: Cinderella ('Winter', Fairy Godmother), Carmina burana (Roast Swan), The Shakespeare Suite (Lady Ann), The King Dances (Selene, La Lune)
Kenneth MacMillan: Romeo and Juliet (Lady Capulet, Lead Harlots), Elite Syncopations (Alaskan Rag)
Jessica Lang: Lyric Pieces, Wink
Alexander Whitley: Kin. (Lead couple)
Peter Wright's productions of The Nutcracker (Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Fairy, Arabian Dance, Snow Fairy), The Sleeping Beauty (Lilac Fairy, Fairy of Joy), Coppélia ('Prayer', Swanilda's friends) and Peter Wright and Galina Samsova's production of Swan Lake (Two Swan Maidens, Hungarian Princess)        

Header image: Clothing (except for tutu) generously supplied by UK dancewear specialists Dans-ez