WanTing Zhao

WanTing Zhao


  • Born

    Anshan, China

  • Training

    Beijing Dance Academy
    Rock School for Dance Education
    San Francisco Ballet School
    San Francisco Ballet School Trainee Program

  • San Francisco Ballet

    Joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in 2011
    Promoted to soloist in 2016
    Promoted to principal dancer in 2018

helgi Tomasson


Don Quixote (Mercedes, Queen of Driads, and Driads)

The Fifth Season

Giselle (Peasants, Solo Wili, and Wilis)

Nutcracker (Party Guests, Queen of the Snow, Snowflakes, Spanish, Arabian, French, Flowers, and Grand Pas de Deux Ballerina)


Romeo & Juliet (Rosaline)

The Sleeping Beauty (Lilac Fairy, Fairy of Darkness/Carabosse, Fairy of Tenderness, and White Cat)

Swan Lake (Aristocrats, Swan Maidens, and Spanish)



george Balanchine

Agon (pas de trois)

Coppélia (Prayer)


Divertimento No. 15 (Allegro – Easy Woman)

The Four Temperaments (3rd Theme)

Prodigal Son (Siren)


Scotch Symphony

Serenade (Angel)

Symphony in C


john Cranko



michel Fokine



harald Lander

Études (excerpt) (Ladies in White)


edwaard Liang

Symphonic Dances


serge Lifar

Suite en Blanc (Cigarette, pas de deux, and pas de trois)


natalia Makarova after marius Petipa

La Bayadère, Act II (“Slow” Solo Shade in “The Kingdom of the Shades”)


hans van Manen

Variations for Two Couples


wayne McGregor



trey McIntyre

Your Flesh Shall Be A Great Poem


benjamin Millepied

The Chairman Dances—Quartet for Two (originated)


john Neumeier

The Little Mermaid (The Little Mermaid/His Creation)


rudolf Nureyev

Raymonda—Act III (First solo)


ashley Page

Guide to Strange Places


arthur Pita

Salome (Salome)


yuri Possokhov


“… two united in a single soul…”


alexei Ratmansky

From Foreign Lands 

Piano Concerto #1 in Shostakovich Trilogy


dwight Rhoden

LET’S BEGIN AT THE END (originated)


jerome Robbins

The Cage (Novice) 

Glass Pieces


liam Scarlett

Die Toteninsel 

Fearful Symmetries


myles Thatcher



stanton Welch



christopher Wheeldon

Bound To (pas de deux)

Cinderella (Spirit of Winter/Fluidity and Balinese Princess)


  • Received the silver medal in the classical dance category at the Youth America Grand Prix, New York City, 2010.

  • Danced The Nutcracker at A&A Ballet, Chicago, 2017.
  • Danced in the 2015 film of Helgi Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet (Rosaline) in the inaugural season of Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance.
  • Danced the Act III pas de deux from Tomasson’s The Sleeping Beauty and Myles Thatcher’s Frayed with Carlo Di Lanno at The International Competition for the Erik Bruhn Prize, Toronto, 2015.


What ballet or role would you like to dance but haven't yet?

Lady of the Camellias, Swan Lake, and Carmen because they each have a large acting component and lots of drama.

What has been your proudest moment as a dancer? Why?

I was so shocked and proud when I was chosen to do Snow Queen during my first year at SF Ballet and when I got promoted to soloist in 2016.

When I'm not working, I enjoy...

Traveling to beautiful places.