Feng Ying

Mme. Feng Ying is a renowned ballerina and ballet mistress in China and currently the director and artistic director of National Ballet of China. She is also the president of the National Ballet of China
Dance School, and National First-class Dancer.

She graduated from Beijing Dance Academy and joined National Ballet of China in 1980. In 1982, she studied at the Opera National de Paris and followed Ballet Masters such as Maurice Béjart, Rossela
Hightower and others. As the Prima Ballerina, she danced the whole repertoire staged by NBC, including Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote, The Maid of the Sea, The Red Detachment of Women, etc.
Mme. Feng continued to work in the company as Ballet Mistress and choreographer after she left the stage in 1997. Together with her colleagues she trained a dozen of dancers who all received gold prizes
in major international ballet competitions. Collaborated with great choreographers such as Ben Stevenson, Roland Petit, Natalia Makarova and John Neumeier, she staged Bourneville’s La Sylphide,
Stevenson’s Fountain of Tears, Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, Onegin, Carmen, L’arleseinne, Le Jeune Homme et la Mort, Pink Floyd Ballet for the company. As the artistic director, she produced Bejart’s
Fire Bird, Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid and Songs and Dances of the Earth, Petipa’s La Chauve-Souris and Natalia Makarova’s La Bayadère etc. Meanwhile, as choreographer, she staged The
Nutcracker
(Chinese Version), Le Sacre du Printemps, Don Quixote and Giselle. She is also the chief director and producer of the Chinese Ballet The Crane Calling, which was premiered at Beijing
Tianqiao Theater in September 2015. As executive planner and producer she staged The Light of Heart in September 2017 and Yimeng in April 2019, both at Beijing Tianqiao Theater.

As the director, she has organized NBC BalletWorkshop every year since 2010, presenting dozens of original modern works with different characters and styles. She has been a constant participant of
seminars as well as conferences, which are shaping the trend of culture and art of the world. Mme. Feng has been invited among the jury of the Asian and Pacific International Ballet Competition
(2002), the 6th, 8th, and 9th National Dance Competition (2004, 2009 and 2011), Benois de la Danse (2011), as well as 1st Beijing International Ballet and Choreography Competition (2011), Helsinki
International Ballet Competition (2012, 2016) and USA International Ballet Competition (2014, 2018), Verna International Ballet Competition (2016). She led the company to numerous most renowned arts festivals. In 2015, the France Government granted her the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres because of her tremendous contributes in China-France cultural
exchange.

In order to promote arts education and the development of cultural industries, she founded the National Ballet of China Dance School in 2018 after years of effort. In the same year the school produced the first fairy tale ballet The Nine-Colored Deer, giving students a stage to present their study results. She also led the company to various levels of schools and universities nationwide and overseas every year, giving ballet lectures and free performances. Under her guidance, the company also donated performance revenues to people suffered from natural disasters many times.