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Yang Liping

1958 - Today

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Yang Liping is a renowned Chinese dancer and choreographer, best known for her captivating performances and innovative choreography of the Dai peacock dance. Born on November 10, 1958, in Wen Qiang village, Dali city, Yunnan province, Yang hails from the Bai ethnic minority. Her impressive talent and artistic vision have earned her the title of the "Peacock Princess of China." Yang's journey to success began at the age of 11 when she started her formal dance training in the Xishuangbanna area of Yunnan. It was here that she became deeply connected to the Dai ethnic group and their iconic peacock dance. In 1986, Yang gained national recognition after winning first prize in a prestigious dance competition for her mesmerizing solo performance titled "Spirit of the Peacock." Throughout her career, Yang has showcased her artistic brilliance on both national and international stages. She has performed in over 1,000 shows and toured more than 30 countries and regions, including the Philippines, Singapore, Russia, the United States, Canada, Taiwan, Japan, and Australia. Her productions, such as "Dynamic Yunnan," have received critical acclaim and garnered numerous awards, highlighting her ability to blend traditional ethnic elements with contemporary creativity. Beyond her accomplishments as a dancer, Yang has also ventured into choreography and directing. She has created visually stunning productions like "Echoes of Shangri-la" and "Tibetan Myth," which showcase the rich cultural heritage of Yunnan's ethnic minority tribes. Despite personal challenges, including the hardships faced during the Cultural Revolution and her dedication to dance, Yang has remained a pillar of strength and inspiration. Her passion for preserving and sharing traditional Chinese dance forms continues to captivate audiences worldwide.

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