Huan Qi


Classical Ballet / Dancer

Qi (pro: Chee) Huan began his ballet study in Shenyang, in China’s Liaoning Province.

While a student at the Beijing Dance Academy in 2000 he reached the finals of the New York International Ballet Competition. From 2003-04 he taught at the Beijing Dance Academy alongside former RNZB Principal Dancer Ou Lu.

Since arriving from China in 2005, Qi has performed a number of lead roles including the title role in Dracula, Romeo in Romeo & Juliet, both The Sleeping Beauty and Concerto pas de deux, Basilio in Don Quixote and in Giselle “Qi Huan, who delivers his best work with the RNZB, utilised his excellent elevation and great control to convey Albrecht’s youth and impulsiveness.”

In 2007, he received critical acclaim for his rendition of the Prince in Cinderella. “Qi Huan’s Prince shows depth of feeling and commanding power with bravura turns and leaps.” Qi enjoyed the chance to tour his home country of China twice with the RNZB.

In 2010 Qi’s dancing was praised by the Li Cunxin (whose life story was captured in the film and book Mao’s Last Dancer) when he came into the RNZB studios to watch rehearsals.

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