WanTing Zhao (© Chris Hardy)
Joined in 2011.
Born in Anshan, China, Wan Ting Zhao trained at Beijing Dance Academy, The Rock School for Dance Education, 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, French, and Spanish) and Romeo & Juliet (Rosaline); Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments (3rd Theme); 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 (“slow” Shade solo); van Manen’s Variations for Two Couples; Nureyev’s Raymonda—Act III (1st solo); Thatcher’s Frayed; and Wheeldon’s Cinderella (Spirit of Winter/Fluidity and Balinese Princess).
Her repertory also includes Tomasson’s Giselle, Criss-Cross (Schoenberg-Handel movement), and Trio; Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote (Driads); Cranko’s Onegin; Balanchine’s Coppélia, Divertimento No. 15, Scotch Symphony, Serenade, and Symphony in C (4th movement and finale); Fokine’s Petrouchka; Liang’s Symphonic Dances; McGregor’s Borderlands; Page’s Guide to Strange Places; Possokhov’s Swimmer; Ratmansky’s From Foreign Lands; and Robbins’ Glass Pieces.
Zhao danced the role of Rosaline in the 2015 film of Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet as part of the inaugural season of Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance. She performed the Act 3 pas de deux from Tomasson’s The Sleeping Beauty and Thatcher’s Frayed with Carlo Di Lanno at The Erik Bruhn Prize competition in Toronto, Canada, in March 2015. She was awarded the silver medal at the Youth America Grand Prix in 2010.