• Jiayin Du, Patron, Melbourne Academy of the Arts
Jiayin Du., Patron, Melbourne Academy of the Arts

Jia Yin Du born in Liao Ning, China began his dance training with Liao Ning Dance School of China. His natural talent was noticed at an early age at a competition in Paris in 1996 where he was awarded the Silver Medal. In 1997, Jia Yin took China and Tokyo by storm winning First Prize/Gold Medal in two competitions: the China National Ballet Competition and Tokyo Asia Pacific International Ballet Competition. The only direction was upwards from there as Jia Yin‘s brilliant dancing won not only the competitions but a dual scholarship from the Australian Ballet (Gary Norman) and Jean Wong Ballet (Hong Kong) propelling his career internationally.

In 1999 he started training at the Australian Ballet School. Within a short span of a year, he joined the Australian Ballet Company and this marked the beginning his diverse and lasting relationship with the company. His career began under the directorship of Ross Stretton and concluded under David McAllister’s artistic direction. As a talented and energetic artist, Jia Yin performed many soloist and leading roles in major classical ballets such as Don Quixote, Coppelia, La Bayadere, La Sylphide, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty, Spartacus, Raymonda, Merry Widow, La Fille Mal Gardee, Manon and Three Musketeers. Amongst his highlights have been showpiece pas de deux such as the Flower Festival of Genzano, La Favorita, Paquita, Flames of Paris and Grand Pas Classique. His modern and one act repertoire includes William Forsythe’s The Vertiginious Thrill of Exactitude, Jiri, Kylian’s Stepping Stones, Stephen Baynes’ Beyond Bach, Balanchine’s Four Temperaments, Nicholai Fontain’s Almost Tango, Stanton Welch’s Velocity, Krzysztof Pastor’s Symphonie Fantastique, Nacho Duato in Por Vos Muero and Natalie Weir’s Mirror, Mirror. Also Symphony in C, Voluntaries, Suite en Blanc, Etudes and Les Presages. Jia Yin has been Principal Guest Artist for the Australian Ballet’s Dancer’s Company, and Liao Ning Ballet of China Gala Performance.

Jiayin is currently a full-time teacher at The Australian Ballet School.

  • Jiayin Du, Patron, Melbourne Academy of the Arts

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