Haiyan Wu was born in Beijing, China. Wu graduated from The Beijing Dance Academy. After she danced with The National Ballet of China she joined Miami City Ballet as a Principal Dancer in 2003. She is the Gold Medal winner of The Shanghai International Ballet Competition in 2002 and the Gold Medal winner of the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi in 2004. Wu was named one of the top 10 performers of Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center in 2010. She has performed all over the world including France, Russia, Denmark, Turkey, Hong Kong and Taiwan.