Born: Dalian, China
Trained: Xu Yan Dance School in China, Goh Ballet Academy in Vancouver, British Columbia and Canada’s National Ballet School
Favorite ballet and Dream role?
When do you feel at your best?
When I bring smiles to people’s faces as they watch us dance.
What charitable causes are you most passionate about?
For a long time I fostered kittens from the Toronto Humane Society.If someone handed you $1,000,000 tomorrow, you would…
I would buy a big house and move my parents from China to come live with me here.
If you could live in any other time period, which would you choose?
I would choose to live 50 years into the future.
Could you tell us 3 random things we don’t know about you?
I like BMW’s, Northern Chinese BBQ and am a marine aquarium enthusiast.
What cheers you up on an off day?
Good food and good company.
Are there any costumes that you’ve either danced in or seen that strike you as amazing or memorable?
Arabian Coffee from The Nutcracker.
What are the top items on your bucket list?
Scuba diving in Maldives and to have a happy family.
Which movie could you watch on repeat?
The Bourne trilogy and all the Harry Potter movies
What would you have done as a career if ballet hadn’t come your way?
Something in the Chinese military.
Have you ever had an embarrassing moment performance-wise?
I once landed a double tour in a push-up position by mistake.
What’s the worst thing about being a dancer and what’s the best?
Worst: It takes a toll on all your joints and it can be very painful at times but the best is that you get to do what you love for a living.
What’s your guilty pleasure song that’ll make you rock out no matter where you are?
Friday by Rebecca Black. When you have a day off, what’s your favourite way to spend it?
Home improvement projects and working on my fish tank.
Was there a pivotal moment that sold you on being a ballet dancer over doing anything else?
When I made it into The National Ballet of Canada
What’s your definition of a successful ballet dancer?
A successful dancer is one who can bring people to tears with their dancing.
What is the best advice you’ve been given?
My mom said that all troubles that can be solved by money are not real troubles.
Read Nan’s bio, https://national.ballet.ca/Meet/Dancers/Corps/Nan-Wang
See Nan onstage in the 2016/17 season, national.ballet.ca