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TAN Yuan Yuan
TAN Yuan Yuan
Guest Principal Dancer
Principal Dancer, San Francisco Ballet
Born in Shanghai, China, Tan Yuan Yuan trained at Shanghai Dancing School and Stuttgart’s John Cranko School. She joined San Francisco Ballet as a Soloist in 1995 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 1997. Tan joined Hong Kong Ballet as Guest Principal Dancer in 2008. she has danced major roles in Tomasson’s Giselle, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake, as well as lead roles in Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote, Cranko’s Onegin, and Lubovitch’s Othello. She has created many roles in numerous productions including, but not limited to, Tomasson’s 7 for Eight, Caprice, Chi-Lin, The Fifth Season, and Silver Ladders; Kudelka’s The Ruins Proclaim the Building Was Beautiful; Liang’s Symphonic Dances; Morris’ Sylvia; Possokhov’s Damned, Diving into the Lilacs, Firebird, Fusion, Magrittomania, RAkU, Study in Motion, and Swimmer; Scarlett’s Hummingbird; Welch’s Tu Tu and Naked; and Wheeldon’s Continuum, Ghosts, Number Nine, and Quaternary, among others. Her repertory includes Ashton’s Thaïs Pas de Deux; Balanchine’s Agon, Apollo, Concerto Barocco, Diamonds, Prodigal Son, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Symphony in C, Symphony in Three Movements, and Theme and Variations; Duato’s Without Words; Forsythe’s Artifact Suite; Lifar’s Suite en Blanc; Liang’s Distant Cries and Somewhere in Time; MacMillan’s Winter Dreams; McGregor’s Chroma and Eden/Eden; Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun and Dances at a Gathering; Tudor’s Gala Performance; and Wheeldon’s Polyphonia, among others.


A frequent guest artist, Tan has recently performed at the Vail International Dance Festival, MEX I AM Ballet and Opera Gala at the Palace of Fine Arts Theater in San Francisco, TITAS Command Performance Gala in Dallas, the 3rd International Ballet and Choreography Competition Gala at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing and Festival Ballet Theatre in Irvine.

In April 2015, Hong Kong’s Phoenix TV named Tan one of the world’s most influential Chinese for her contributions to the arts. She received the 2014 Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for Outstanding Female Performance, in the Classical category for Possokhov’s RAkU, performed in London, UK, in 2013, and a Dance Magazine Award in New York City in 2013. She also received the Excellence Award from The Committee of 100, an elite organization of distinguished Chinese Americans, in 2010.