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Liu Yu-yao Principal Dancer

Born in Sichuan, China, Liu Yu-yao graduated from the Beijing Dance Academy in 2005. She joined The Hong Kong Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in the same year and was promoted to soloist in 2010. During her time with the Company, Liu Yu-yao has danced the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Swanilda in Coppélia, Queen of the Wilis in Giselle and Lin Dai Yu in The Dream of the Red Chamber, as well as roles in A Room of Her Own, Allegro Brillante, Le Grand Pas de Deux and In Light and Shadow.

In 2014, she was nominated for the prestigious Prix Benois de la Danse for her performance as Valencienne in The Merry Widow. She won the Hong Kong Dance Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer in 2010, and the Silver Prize in the Junior Section of China National Peach & Plum Cup in 2000. Liu Yu-yao’s guest appearances overseas include the Prix Benois de la Danse Gala performance at the Bolshoi Theatre in 2014, the 5th International Ballet Festival in Cali, Colombia in 2011 and the Queensland Ballet’s 50th Anniversary International Gala in Brisbane, Australia in 2010.