WanTing Zhao (© Chris Hardy)
Born in Anshan-Liaoning, China, WanTing Zhao trained at Beijing Dance Academy, Rock School for Dance, and San Francisco Ballet School prior to joining the Company in 2011.
Zhao has danced featured roles in Tomasson’s Nutcracker (Queen of the Snow, Arabian, and Spanish), Lifar’s Suite en Blanc (Cigarette, pas de deux, and pas de trois), Nureyev’s Raymonda—Act III (first solo), and Wheeldon’s Cinderella (Spirit of Winter/Fluidity and Balinese Princess).
Her repertory also includes Tomasson’s Giselle, Romeo & Juliet, Criss-Cross (Schoenberg-Handel movement), and Trio; Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote; Cranko’s Onegin; Balanchine’s Coppélia, Divertimento No. 15, The Four Temperaments, and Scotch Symphony; Fokine’s Petrouchka; Liang’s Symphonic Dances; McGregor’s Borderlands; Page’s Guide to Strange Places; Ratmansky’s From Foreign Lands; and Robbins’ Glass Pieces.
Zhao was awarded the silver medal at the 2010 Youth America Grand Prix.