Xuan Cheng
Photo by Joni Kabana

Xuan Cheng | Principal Dancer

Joined OBT in 2011 | Principal since 2011

Xuan Cheng was born in Chenzhou, Hunan Province of China. She started dance lessons at the age of five and at ten joined the School of Guangzhou Ballet. After graduation she joined Guangzhou Ballet as a company member under famous Chinese prima ballerina Dan Dan Zhang, and quickly became a principal dancer of the company performing major roles in their repertoire.

In 2004, she won the silver medal in the 3rd Shanghai International Ballet Competition. In 2005, she was a finalist in the 8th New York International Ballet Competition. Then in 2006, she was the recipient of the gold medal at the National Tao Li Bei Dance Competition in China.

In 2006, she was invited by acclaimed Canadian choreographer édouard Lock to join his Montréal based company La La La Human Steps. She was in the original cast of Amjad in 2007. While with the company she performed in over 20 countries throughout Europe, Asia, and North America.

She danced in famous theatres around the world, including: Sadler’s Wells in London, Le Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, deSingel in Antwerp, Het Muziektheater in Amsterdam, ImPulsTanz Festival in Vienna, the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Montréal en Lumière Festival, LG Arts Centre in Seoul, and the Saitama Arts Theater in Japan. In 2009, she had a guest performance with the international ballet Gala IX Dortmund.

She then joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. She danced Juliet in Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Romeo and Juliet, Princess Lena in Christian Spuck’s Leonce and Lena, and the Sugar Plum Fairy in Fernand Nault’s The Nutcracker. Other lead roles in world-class choreographer repertories include: Ohad Naharin, Jiří Kylián, Mats Ek, Mauro Bigonzetti, and Christian Spuck.

She joined Oregon Ballet Theatre as a Principal Dancer in 2011. Her major principal roles include: Giselle (Giselle) by Lola de Ávila, Swan Lake (Odile/Odette by Christopher Stowell, Swan Lake (Odile/Odette) by Kevin Irving, Cinderella (Cinderella) by Ben Stevenson, Romeo and Juliet (Juliet) by James Canfield, ALICE (in wonderland) by Septime Webre, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Tatiana) by Christopher Stowell, Napoli Act III (Teresina) by August Bournonville, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Sugarplum Fairy), and many others.