Dancer Jing Zhang shows off some her newest photos on her iPhone to (left to right) an unidentified translator, and dancers Seth Parker, Amy Marie Briones, Le Mai Linh (seated) and Erena Ishii (standing in background). photo by John Gerbetz, courtesty of Ballet San Jose.
Jing Zhang began her Ballet studies at the Shanghai Dance School in 1993. In 2000, Jing progressed to the Specialty of Dance Department in the Opera and Dance College of the Shanghai Theatre Academy.
During her tenure at the Theatre Academy, Jing has participated in numerous competitons and has garnered many awards: 3rd prize in the Ballet Juniors Group “Peaches and Plums Cup” in 2000, First Place in the Shanghai Music Festival 2001, the Excellent Player award in the Shanghai International Ballet Competition in 2001, the Performance Award in the Shanghai International Music Festival 2002, the world Telecommunication Scholarship Award in the Jackson International Ballet Competition in 2002, and first prize in the “Peaches and Plums Cup” Seniors Dance Competition in 2003.
Jing joined Ballet San Jose in 2005.