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Principals

WanTing Zhao

WanTing Zhao

Biography

  • Born

    Anshan, China

  • Training

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

  • 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

Tomasson

Criss-Cross

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)

Prism

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)

Trio

 

Balanchine

Agon (Pas de trois)

Coppélia (Prayer)

Diamonds

Divertimento No. 15 (Allegro – Easy Woman)

The Four Temperaments (3rd Theme)

Prodigal Son (Siren)

Rubies

Scotch Symphony

Serenade (Angel)

Symphony in C

 

Cranko

Onegin

 

Fokine

Petrouchka

 

Lander

Etudes (excerpt) (Ladies in White)

 

Liang

Symphonic Dances

 

Lifar

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

 

Makarova after Petipa

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

 

van Manen

Variations for Two Couples

 

McGregor

Borderlands

 

McIntyre

Your Flesh Shall Be A Great Poem

 

Millepied

The Chairman Dances—Quartet for Two (originated)

 

Morris

Sandpaper Ballet (Pas de deux)

 

Neumeier

The Little Mermaid (The Little Mermaid/His Creation)

 

Nureyev

Raymonda—Act III (First solo)

 

Page

Guide to Strange Places

 

Pita

Salome (Salome)

 

Possokhov

Swimmer

“… two united in a single soul…”

 

Ratmansky

From Foreign Lands 

Piano Concerto #1 in Shostakovich Trilogy

 

Rhoden

LET’S BEGIN AT THE END (originated)

 

Robbins

The Cage (Novice) 

Glass Pieces

 

Scarlett

Die Toteninsel 

Fearful Symmetries

 

Thatcher

Frayed 

 

Welch

Bespoke

 

Wheeldon

Bound To (Pas de deux)

Cinderella (Spirit of Winter/Fluidity and Balinese Princess)

Continuum

 
  • Received the silver medal at the 2010 Youth America Grand Prix.

  • Danced The Nutcracker at A&A Ballet in Chicago, Illinois, in December 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 Thatcher’s Frayed with Carlo Di Lanno at The International Competition for the Erik Bruhn Prize in Toronto, Canada, in March 2015.

Q&A

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.