Wan Bin Yuan joined the RNZB in January 2018 and has performed in The Piano: the ballet, Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15, Petite Mort and Sechs Tänze and in Strength & Grace. Bin ended the year with appearances in leading roles in Val Caniparoli’s The Nutcracker, including the Sugar Plum Fairy’s Cavalier, and the Arabian Coffee pas de deux.
Bin is from Tianjin Province in and trained at the Liaoning Ballet School of China from the age of 12. He first heard about the Royal New Zealand Ballet when the company toured to China in 2013 and travelled to Beijing to see the show after the Tianjin performance was cancelled.
Bin joined Beijing Dance Academy in 2013 and has found great competition success including receiving the Outstanding Performance Award at the 2013 Osaka International Youth Ballet Competition, the 2015 Liaoning Ballet School Ballet Competition Gold Medal, First Prize at the 11th National Outstanding Dance Performances in 2016 and winning the Beijing Dance Academy School Gold Medal the same year.
Stage highlights include guest principal dancer for the California-based Maple Youth Ballet’s season of The Nutcracker (2015), Shanghai and Beijing performances of Swan Lake with the Hong Kong Ballet (2017), Mikhailovsky Ballet Theatre’s The Flames of Paris and Giselle (2017) and Beijing Dance Theatre’s HYPER! (2017) by Marcos Morau and Sebastian Kloborg.