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Just a few years ago she was a newcomer to the United States who spoke no English. Today, Gaynor Minden wearer Zhong-Jing Fang is a rising star in one of the country’s most prestigious professional ballet companies, American Ballet Theatre (ABT).
In 2002, Zhong-Jing sent videotapes and her resumé to ABT’s Studio Company and was accepted there that same year. 2002 was also the first year she began wearing Gaynor Mindens. Within a short time, she was invited to be an Apprentice in ABT’s main company (2003), moving into the Corps de Ballet in 2004. Since her arrival at ABT, Zhong-Jing has performed solo roles in Coppelia and A Pretty Good Year as well as leading roles in, among others, Symphonic Variations, Les Sylphides, and Kaleidoscope. She has also danced the Hungarian Princess in Swan Lake.
Some of the adjustments that Zhong-Jing had to make when she started dancing at ABT included working on a tighter fifth position and focusing on the dramatic and expressive aspects of performing, as well as on the technical requirements of each piece. According to Zhong-Jing, dancing in an American ballet company and switching to Gaynor Mindens have both changed her dancing. With her Gaynor Mindens, she observed that, “It’s easy for me to just think ‘dance’.” In previous pointe shoes, Zhong-Jing had to worry about breaking in her shoes and the long process that involved. With Gaynor Mindens, she says every pair is comfortable and give her great balance. She has no worries when on pointe, allowing her greater freedom in her dancing.
When not in the dance studio, Zhong-Jing likes to relax in the park, watch movies, read, shop, and listen to music, especially classical. She greatly misses her very supportive and proud parents in China and talks to them about twice a week.
As Zhong-Jing considers her future, she mentioned that watching the current ABT principal dancers has been very inspiring, especially Julie Kent and Alessandra Ferri. Zhong-Jing aspires to dance the roles of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake and Giselle in Giselle. Her advice to young dancers is to “believe in yourself, work hard, and persevere.”