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Academy Faculty

Jiang Qi


Jiang Qi is an internationally renowned choreographer and master teacher. He received his early ballet training at the Beijing Dance Academy, and he later received his BFA and MFA from the University of Utah Department of Ballet. In 1978 he joined the NDT of China and was invited to visit the U.S. by President Carter to perform in the Chinese ballet Red Detachment of Women at Lincoln Center.

He has competed in competitions such as the China Dance Competition and Beijing Dance Competition, was featured in the musical movie The Song of Chinese Revolution, and was awarded the honor of “Premier Artist of China” by China’s Ministry of Culture.

He has danced with the Joffrey Concert Group, Twyla Tharp Dancers and joined Ballet West as a soloist under the direction of John Hart. As being promoted to principal dancer of Ballet West, he danced lead roles in ballets such as La Bayadere, Coppelia, Romeo and Juliet, The Dream, The Nutcracker, Cinderella and Giselle as well as in the works by Balanchine, Ashton, Tudor, Caniparoli and many others. In 2000, he was appointed to ballet master of Ballet West by Artistic Director Jonas Kage and in 2001 he joined CCM’s Dance Division as assistant professor and served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts.

In 2005 he was promoted to associate professor with tenure, became the artistic director of Dance China NY, and received awards for Artistic Excellence in Choreography Project from The National Endowment For The Arts 2006-2010.

In 2012 he was appointed to chair of CCM Dance and also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Utah.

Jiang Qi has served as ballet master for the competitions such as Beijing IBC, Shanghai IBC, Xiamen IBC, Taipei IBC. Brazil IDF, published articles in China’s Dance Magazine, Journal of Beijing Dance Academy, Ballet Magazine, and Contemporary Dance Study.

In 2019 he choreographed the world premiere of Carmina Burana for Guangzhou Ballet, and was invited to perform at David Koch Theater Lincoln Center. Jiang Qi’s choreographing and staging with CCM includes full length productions as well as one-act ballets. As a guest choreographer Jiang choreographed for Ballet West, Guangzhou Ballet, Lanzhou Ballet, Utah Reginal Ballet, Toshiko Sato Ballet, Beijing Dance Academy, Shanghai Dance Academy, Joffrey Ballet School, Taipei University of Arts, etc. His guest teaching has included Pacific Northwest Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Shanghai Ballet, and Singapore Dance Theater.