Chinese-born Yang Liu started dancing at the age of five and went on to train at the Beijing Dance Academy from 1996–2003, before joining the National Ballet of China.
Yang joined the RNZB in 2010. Her first season with the company was in the triple bill From Here to There, In her seven years with the company she has danced a number of leading roles including: the Green Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty (2011), the Duck in Peter and the Wolf and Flower Festival at Genzano in Tutus on Tour 2013; the Giselle Wedding Couple pas de deux, which she performed on the RNZB’s China tour in 2013 and the soloist role of Moyna when the company toured the production to the UK and Italy in 2015 and during the New Zealand restaging in 2016. Yang showed off her fantastic sense of comedic timing in the role of Mercedes in Don Quixote and in Johan Kobborg’s Salute
Recent highlights have included performing as one Juliet’s friends in Francesco Ventriglia’s Romeo and Juliet (2017), Alexander Ekmans Episode 31 and Cacti as part of the Three By Ekman triple bill, and Roland Petit’s Carmen and L’Arlesienne. Other highlights have included dancing as one of the Fairies in Liam Scarlett’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in New Zealand and Hong Kong, and in Alexander Ekman’s Cacti and William Forysthe’s In the Middle Somewhat Elevated as part of the acclaimed Speed of Light mixed bill.
Yang is currently on parental leave.