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China’s ballet dancer Zhou Zhaohui:You do not have to be prince

Lifestyle2018-06-13

By APD writer Tao XingZhou Zhaohui, a Chinese ballet super star, is best known for his excellent performance as a protagonist in the classic ballet "The Red Detachment of Women".On March 8, Zhou finished his last ballet performance in Beijing and left the stage. It means an end, and also a new start for him as he would be a ballet teacher at the school of National Ballet of China.He said “You do not have to be a prince in ballet, but you can be a Chinese hero” in an exclusive interview with Asia Pacific Daily (APD) on Tuesday.In 1993, 11-year-old Zhou Zhaohui started his dancing career. Half a year later, he learned dancing in the secondary school affiliated to Beijing Dance Academy. However, instead of studying ballet, he was admitted by the Chinese Folk Dance faculty.In 1999, after six years of learning Chinese folk dance, he was chosen as a dancer by the National Ballet of China where his ballet journey began .“The Chinese folk dance is very different from the western ballet. My legs, muscle and body proportion are not very suitable to dance ballet. It is why I wasn’t accepted by the ballet faculty at school,” he said.However, this didn’t stop him from being a successful ballet dancer because Chinese ballet is special. In western classic ballets, many leading roles are elegant princes. Compare to the western style, the Chinese dance focuses on heroes with masculinity and lofty spirit.Zhou brought his advantages – excellent folk dance skills and manhood, into fully play in the performance, especially in those creations like "The Red Detachment of Women".Since 1999, he has played Hong Changqing, one of protagonists, in the "The Red Detachment of Women", for 157 times over 17 out of 19 years of his dancing career in the National Ballet of China.“I think not only wonderful music and choreography, but also household scenarios contribute its success among the Chinese audience,” he said.Till now, Zhou has danced for nearly 25 years.“I have dedicated myself to the dancing career. Nothing can replace it in my heart,” he said.(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

By APD writer Tao Xing

Zhou Zhaohui, a Chinese ballet super star, is best known for his excellent performance as a protagonist in the classic ballet "The Red Detachment of Women".

On March 8, Zhou finished his last ballet performance in Beijing and left the stage. It means an end, and also a new start for him as he would be a ballet teacher at the school of National Ballet of China.

He said “You do not have to be a prince in ballet, but you can be a Chinese hero” in an exclusive interview with Asia Pacific Daily (APD) on Tuesday.

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In 1993, 11-year-old Zhou Zhaohui started his dancing career. Half a year later, he learned dancing in the secondary school affiliated to Beijing Dance Academy. However, instead of studying ballet, he was admitted by the Chinese Folk Dance faculty.

In 1999, after six years of learning Chinese folk dance, he was chosen as a dancer by the National Ballet of China where his ballet journey began .

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“The Chinese folk dance is very different from the western ballet. My legs, muscle and body proportion are not very suitable to dance ballet. It is why I wasn’t accepted by the ballet faculty at school,” he said.

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However, this didn’t stop him from being a successful ballet dancer because Chinese ballet is special. In western classic ballets, many leading roles are elegant princes. Compare to the western style, the Chinese dance focuses on heroes with masculinity and lofty spirit.

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Zhou brought his advantages – excellent folk dance skills and manhood, into fully play in the performance, especially in those creations like "The Red Detachment of Women".

Since 1999, he has played Hong Changqing, one of protagonists, in the "The Red Detachment of Women", for 157 times over 17 out of 19 years of his dancing career in the National Ballet of China.

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“I think not only wonderful music and choreography, but also household scenarios contribute its success among the Chinese audience,” he said.

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Till now, Zhou has danced for nearly 25 years.

“I have dedicated myself to the dancing career. Nothing can replace it in my heart,” he said.

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(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

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