Born in Liaoning, China, Sun Jia trained at Liaoning Ballet School, The Harid Conservatory on full scholarship and the Joffrey Ballet Trainee programme. She joined The Tulsa Ballet Theatre in 2012 and then performed at Dresden SemperOper Ballett before joining Hong Kong Ballet as a member of Corps de Ballet in 2022.
Her repertoire includes Cinderella in Alexei Kremnew’s Cinderella and Blue Bird Pas de Deux in Aaron Watkin’s The Sleeping Beauty. Sun has danced in Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon, Watkin’s Don Quixote, La Bayadere, The Nutcracker and Dance of the Cygnes in Swan Lake, David Dawson’s Giselle and Tristan and Isolde, Stijn Celis’ Romeo and Juliet, George Balanchine’s Theme and Variation, Symphony in C and The Four Temperaments, Alexei Ratmansky’s Tanzsuite, Jiri Kylian’s Forgetten Land and Bella Figura, William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhere elevated, Impressing the Czar, Artifact Suite and Neue Suite Pas de Deux, Wayne McGregor’s PreSentient and Infra, Jorma Elo’s Slice to Sharp, Yuri Possokhov’s Classical Symphony, Edwaard Liang’s Age of Innocence and many more.
Sun’s accolades include Second Place in Youth America Grand Prix 2010, the Nathalie Krassovska Memorial Ballet Scholarship, Dance Council of North Texas in 2010 and the Jeannot B. Cerrone Award for Excellence in Dance Performance in 2009, to name a few.
1. Why do you dance?
To challenge myself everyday to be better and better
2. Why did you start dancing?
Because I love to, enjoy it every second.
3. What was the first ballet you ever performed?
4. How do you unwind after a show?
Take a bath
5. What is the Attribute you most like about yourself?
6. What keeps you motivated on tough days?
7. What is the Place where you feel most yourself?
Probably when I’m alone
8. If you could have one more talent, what would it be?
I think to be able to play any instrument is very cool
9. Where is the most interesting place you have ever visited or want to visit?
Can’t wait to explore Hongkong
10. What is the coolest thing about being a dancer?
Can be a different person in each role in a ballet.