Born in Jilin, China, Jin Yao trained at the Beijing Dance Academy before joining The National Ballet of China in 1997 and becoming Principal Dancer in 2003. She joined Hong Kong Ballet as a Senior Soloist in 2004 and was named Principal Dancer in 2005. She assumed the additional role of Assistant Ballet Mistress for the Company in 2017.
With Hong Kong Ballet, Jin has danced principal roles in Stephen Jefferies’ and John Meehan’s Swan Lake, Cynthia Harvey’s The Sleeping Beauty, Stephen Jefferies’ and John Meehan’s Giselle, Stephen Jefferies’ and Terence Kohler’s The Nutcracker, Ronald Hynd’s Coppélia, Pär Isberg’s Pinocchio, David Allan’s Cinderella, Rudi van Dantzig’s Romeo and Juliet, Irek Mukhamedov’s Spartacus, Ronald Hynd’s The Merry Widow, Val Caniparoli’s Lady of the Camellias, Antony Tudor’s Jardin aux Lilas, Natalie Weir’s Turandot and Madama Butterfly, George Balanchine’s Serenade, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, and Themes and Variations, among others.
Prior to joining the Company, she has performed principal roles in George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, The Four Temperaments, and Who Cares?, Harald Lander’s Etudes, Li Chengxiang, Jiang Zuhui and Wang Xixian’s The Red Detachment of Women and Kitri in Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote. She was also featured as second wife in Zhang Yimou’s Raise the Red Latern choreographed by Wang Xin Peng. As a cultural ambassador for Hong Kong Ballet, Jin has represented the Company at the Opening Gala of 1st China International Ballet Season in 2013, International Ballettgala XI in Dortmund, Germany in 2012, the 4th International Ballet Festival in Cali, Colombia in 2010, amongst others. She has also performed in Ronald Hynd’s The Merry Widow with The Australian Ballet in 2011. Jin was named Best Artist of the Year in the dance category at the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards 2010. She received the Hong Kong Dance Award 2007 for her performance in George Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky Pas de Deuxand Stephen Jefferies’ Giselle. She was honoured as a China’s National Class One Performer in 2003 and was a recipient of the Career Outstanding Contribution Award from the Cultural Ministry of China in 2001 and 2002. Jin won a gold medal at Varna International Ballet Competition in 2002 and a bronze prize at the Shanghai International Ballet Competition in 2001.
Hai Feng, Song
Mr. Song, born in Shanghai, started his dance practice since his infancy. He joined a gymnastic school in Shanghai at the age of four, and three years later, he started learning ballet, and since then, embarked on his professional path as a ballet dancer. In 2008, Mr. Song attained a full-tuition scholarship granted by the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts for a series of classical ballet study. In 2010, he was further awarded by the world’s first-rate ballet school – Bolshoi Ballet under the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre a full-tuition scholarship for a one year study in the school. Mr. Song could therefore enjoy an empirical experience of Russia’s indigenous ballet culture. He furthered what he had learned and experienced, and finally created his unique personal style of dancing. In the same year, Mr. Song, being the first Chinese who pursued his in-depth ballet study in Russia, was interviewed by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Russia.
In 2011, Mr. Song joined The Hong Kong Ballet; and then in 2015, he adopted an unconventional and unique approach and started this beautiful flagship school of SJ Ballet des Arts in Hong Kong.
-Graduated from film Academy,Shanghai Tongji University「Ballet Education」
-The Royal Academy of Dance Registered Teacher
-The Royal Academy of Dance Advanced Professional Diploma
-The Royal Academy of Dance CBTS Tutor
-Former Singapore National Dance Company Leading Artist
-Awarded Numerous of Gold Awards in Choreography for HongKong’s Open Category Dance Competition
-ShanXi Children’s Dance art Competition Award Judge
Ru Heng, Zhao
Ms. Zhao had carried out different important roles in the ballet scene. She was the President of the National Ballet of China; the 9th Chairman of Dancers Association China; Artistic the Director of the National Centre of the Performing Arts, Artistic Director of Beijing Morning Star Arts Centre; and was ranked first-rate China National Dancer. In the domain of ballet dance, the professional status and achievements of Ms. Zhao is second to none.
All these years, she has been endeavoring to create ballet repertoire with Chinese style. In 2001, Ms. Zhao collaborated with renowned film director Zhang Yi-mou and famous composer Chen Jiang, and Raise the Red Lantern was the result of the collective efforts of this artistic trio. The debut performance has attracted a lot of buzz. Aside from that, she has also created an adaptation of Nutcracker (Chinese version), Butterfly Lovers, the Huang River, and etc. and Ms. Zhao personally participated in the rehearsals, and as intended, these are the series of ballet productions emerged with national style. In 2007, she adapted Peony Pavilion, a play written by famous Chinese playwright Tang Xian-zu of the Ming Dynasty, and brought about a ballet version with the same title. It had drawn immediate universal attention of the international ballet scene and again attracted a lot of buzz. On many occasions, Ms. Zhao had led the ballet team and performed in more than ten countries including the U.S.A., the U.K., Russia, France, Italy, and Germany. She also led her dancers to many glorious awards in international ballet competitions.
From 1994 to 2008, Ms. Zhao was invited to join a panel of distinguished judges in more than ten international ballet competitions which included the USA International Ballet Competition, the International Ballet Competition – Varna, Bulgaria; and she was elected twice as the Chairman of the judging panel of the Shanghai International Ballet Competition.
Ting Tina, Chen
Dean of Dance Department of Tong Ji University
Chief Representative of Royal Academy of Dance in China
Committee Member of Higher Art Professional Education Advisory Committee of Ministry of Education