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Born in Shaanxi, China, Dong Ruixue graduated from Beijing Dance Academy and was a member of The National Ballet of China in 2006. She joined Hong Kong Ballet as a Corps de Ballet member in 2011 and was named Soloist in 2014.
With HKB, Dong has danced principal and featured roles, including Princess Florine in Cynthia Harvey’s The Sleeping Beauty, Ballerina and Clara in Terence Kohler’s The Nutcracker, Kitri’s Friend in Nina Ananiashvili’s Don Quixote, Odalesques and Lead Pirate Woman in Anna-Marie Holmes' Le Corsaire, Peasant Pas de Deux in John Meehan and Lin Mei-fang’s Giselle, Juliet in Rudi van Dantzig’s Romeo and Juliet, Fei Nui and Miss Pretty in Septime Webre’s Romeo + Juliet, Dai Yu in Wang Xin Peng’s The Dream of Red Chamber, Cricket and Cat in Pär Isberg’s Pinocchio, Valencienne in Ronald Hynd’s The Merry Widow, Nichette in Val Caniparoli's Lady of the Camellias, Liu in Natalie Weir’s Turandot, and Cinderella in Yuri Ng’s Ballet Classics for Children: Cinderella. She has also danced in John Meehan's Swan Lake, Ronald Hynd's Coppélia, Webre’s ALICE (in wonderland), George Balanchine’s Jewels and Serenade, Jiří Kylián's Petite Mort and Sechs Tänze, Christopher Wheeldon’s Rush, Alexei Ratmansky’s Le Carnaval des Animaux, Jorma Elo's Shape of Glow, Edwaard Liang’s Sacred Thread, Trey McIntyre’s A Day in the Life and Fei Bo’s Shenren Chang. Before joining the Company, Dong danced in John Cranko’s Onegin, Li Chengxiang, Jiang Zuhui and Wang Xixian’s The Red Detachment of Women, Natalia Makarova’s Swan Lake and Zhang Yimou’s Raise the Red Lantern choreographed by Wang Xin Peng.
1. What does ballet mean to you?
Ballet is a big part of my life. It's basically everything other than sleeping and eating.
2. Why did you start dancing?
When I was a child, I was quite thin. Therefore my mom sent me to dance class so I could eat more and exercise more to become healthier.
3. What was the first ballet you ever performed?
The first ballet I ever performed was Le Corsaire.
4. How do you unwind after a show?
To unwind after a show, I like to go eat good food, get massages and sleep.
5. What attribute do you most like about yourself?
The attributes I like the most about myself are my honesty and kindness.
6. What keeps you motivated on tough days?
There's nothing special about how I keep myself motivated. I'm just accustomed to being persistent. I believe that if you could persevere through it, there will be good outcomes.
7. Where do you feel most yourself?
I feel most myself when I'm at home.
8. What’s your favourite food?
My favourite food is hotpot.
9. What would you be if you were not a dancer?
If I wasn’t a dancer, I would want to be a lawyer or prosecutor.
10. What is the coolest thing about being a dancer?
The coolest thing about being a dancer is being able to gain applause onstage through your own efforts and being able to eat and drink anything and not have to worry about getting fat.
11. Who is your favourite dancer who has inspired you?
There are two dancers that have inspired me the most. The female dancer is Alina Cojocaru, and the male dancer is my husband Shen Jie. They have inspired me to work hard and push myself more.