The Classical Ballet of Guangzhou China
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Artistic Director - Dan Dan Zhang

Artistic Director of Guangzhou Ballet and Academy

Dan Dan Zhang performed for 10 years as a principal dancer with the National Ballet of China (formerly the Central Ballet of China).  She performed pricipal roles in Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote, La Fill Mal Gardee, Romeo and Juliet, Red Detachment of Women, Mermaid of the Sea, Lin Daiyu etc.  She was awarded the Gold Medal in China by the Chinese Ministry of Culture toured with the company to many countries and regions.

In 1994, at the peak of her career, Dan Dan Zhang returned to her home town of Guangzhou to launch Guangzhou Ballet.  As founding Artistic Director of the company, she also continued performing principal roles, including the principal in Anna Karenina and La Traviata, and won the plum Blossom Prize of Chinese Drama and the Lu Xun Art Prize of Guangzhou Province.

Under her direction the Guangzhou Balletís repertoire has grown to 15 full-length ballets and more than 50 repertoire pieces, which are toured regularly around the world.

In 2005, the Guangzhou Ballet Academy was upgraded to a National Level School.  Thanks to Ms. Zhangís outstanding achievements, she was elected as the vice-chairman of Guangdong Provincial Association for Dancers, chairman for Guangzhou Association of Dancers, director of Guangdong Council for the Promotion of International Exchange, and director of the Research Center of World Culture.