Jing Zhang joined Silicon Valley Ballet (then known as Ballet San Jose) in 2005 and has performed in ballets including Tsarina Tatiana in Dennis Nahat's The Nutcracker, Mercedes and Queen of the Dryads in Wes Chapman's staging of Don Quixote, the Fairy Godmother in Ben Stevenson's Cinderella, the 3rd movement Pas de Duex in Jerome Robbins's Interplay, and Stanton Welch's Clear. Her diverse repertoire also includes the choreography of George Balanchine and Jorma Elo.
Born in Shanghai, Ms. Zhang began her ballet studies at the Shanghai Dance School in 1993. In 2000, she progressed to the Specialty of Dance Department in the Opera and Dance College of the Shanghai Theatre Academy.
During her tenure at the Theatre Academy, Ms. Zhang participated in numerous competitions and garnered many awards: Third prize in the Ballet Juniors Group Peaches and Plums Cup in 2000, First Place in the Shanghai Music Festival 2001, the Excellent Player award in the Shanghai International Ballet Competition in 2001, the Performance Award in the Shanghai International Music Festival 2002, the world Telecommunication Scholarship Award in the Jackson International Ballet Competition in 2002, and first prize in the Peaches and Plums Cup Seniors Dance Competition in 2003.
In 2013, Ms. Zhang became an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 7 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.
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