Xuan Cheng
Photo by Brian Simcoe

Xuan Cheng | Principal Dancer

Joined OBT in 2011 | Principal since 2011

Xuan Cheng is from Chenzhou, China. She attended Guangzhou Ballet School, and joined the corps de ballet for Guangzhou Ballet of China (under prima ballerina Dandan Zhang), and rose to principal. In 2004, she was a silver medalist in the third Shanghai International Ballet Competition; in 2005, a finalist in the eighth New York International Ballet Competition; and in 2006, a gold medalist in China’s Tao Li Bei World Dance Competition. Upon Édouard Lock’s invitation, she joined La La La Human Steps and performed in 20 countries across three continents: Europe, Asia, and North America. Later she joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, and then became an OBT principal in 2011. Xuan has danced leading and original roles created by world class choreographers, including William Forsythe, Nacho Duato, Jiří Kylián, and Nicolo Fonte. As principal at OBT, some of her standout roles include: Princess Aurora, Cinderella, Juliet, Giselle, Alice, Sugar plum Fairy in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®, Odette/Odile in both Christopher Stowell’s and Kevin Irving’s Swan Lake and as Teresina in August Bournonville’s Napoli.