- Anshan, China
- Beijing Dance Academy
Rock School for Dance Education
San Francisco Ballet School
San Francisco Ballet School Trainee Program
- Company Membership
Joined the corps in 2011
Promoted to soloist in 2016
WanTing Zhao has danced principal or featured roles in Tomasson’s Giselle (Solo Wili), Nutcracker (Queen of the Snow, Spanish, Arabian, French, and Grand Pas de Deux Ballerina), Romeo & Juliet (Rosaline), Swan Lake (Aristocrats, Swan Maidens, and Spanish), and Prism (principal); Balanchine’s Coppélia (Prayer), Diamonds (soloist), The Four Temperaments (3rd Theme), Prodigal Son (Siren), and Rubies (principal); Lifar’s Suite en Blanc (Cigarette, pas de deux, and pas de trois); Makarova’s (after Petipa) “The Kingdom of the Shades” from La Bayadère, Act II (Solo Shade); van Manen’s Variations for Two Couples; Nureyev’s Raymonda—Act III (1st solo); Pita’s Salome (Salome); Possokhov’s Swimmer (Aquarium); Scarlett’s Fearful Symmetries (principal); Thatcher’s Frayed; and Wheeldon’s Cinderella (Spirit of Winter/Fluidity and Balinese Princess). She created a corps de ballet role in Millepied’s The Chairman Dances.
Her repertory includes Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15, Scotch Symphony, Serenade, and Symphony in C; Cranko’s Onegin; Fokine’s Petrouchka; Liang’s Symphonic Dances; McGregor’s Borderlands; Page’s Guide to Strange Places; Ratmansky’s From Foreign Lands; Robbins’ Glass Pieces; Tomasson’s Criss-Cross and Trio; Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote (Driads); and Wheeldon’s Continuum.
WanTing danced the role of Rosaline in the 2015 film of Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet (Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance). She performed with Carlo Di Lanno at the Eleventh International Competition for the Erik Bruhn Prize in Toronto, Canada. At the 2010 Youth America Grand Prix, she won the silver medal.
What ballet or role would you like to dance but haven't yet? Why?
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.