24 Feb 2014
Qi Huan, who has been a leading dancer with the Royal New Zealand Ballet for the past nine years, is leaving the company to take up a teaching role at the New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD).
Qi will teach classical ballet, with a particular emphasis on the training of male dancers, to the School’s full-time tertiary level students who aspire to become professional dancers. Over its 47 year history the NZSD has developed an international reputation for training dancers at the highest level. Graduates have gone on to fulfil international careers and many have made significant contributions as choreographers and company directors.
In addition to being an exceptional dancer, Qi has always had a passion for teaching. He has a Bachelor Degree of teaching and performing arts in ballet, and taught at the Beijing Dance Academy from 2003 – 04 before coming to New Zealand to join the RNZB.
Just back from a triumphant tour of the US dancing with the company, Qi Huan, who also had a lead role in Toa Fraser’s 2013 film ‘Giselle’, said “To become a ballet teacher has always been one of my future goals and dreams. I'd love to share all my dance knowledge and stage experience with the younger generation.”