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Zhu Yan
Prima Ballerina

Zhu Yan joined the National Ballet of China in 1995,after graduating from the Beijing Dance Academy.She has danced leading roles in many full-length ballets including Swan Lake,Don Quixote,The Sleeping Beauty,Giselle, Le Corsaire,La Sylphide, The Nutcracker,Raise the Red Lantern,The Fountain of Tears and Sylvia as well as the contemporary ballet repertoire includes Rite of Spring and Etudes.She has also danced principal roles in many Balanchine Ballets. She has won awards at major international ballet competitions including the Special Award at the 6th Paris International Ballet Competition (1994), and the Gold Medal and Special Prize for Artistic Performance of Mrs. President of Bulgaria at the 18th Varna International Ballet Competition (1998). At the invitation of the Royal Swedish Ballet and the Royal New Zealand Ballet, she danced as guest artist in the leading role of La Sylphide(1999), and the principal roles Odette/Odile of Swan Lake (2002) respectively. In 2000, she also performed at a Festival of America.
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