Principal dancer Janis Liu was born in Hong Kong and began her ballet training under Ivy Chung School of Ballet in Hong Kong. After being accepted into the pre-professional program at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School in 2012, she joined Coastal City Ballet of Vancouver, Canada in 2013 and until 2016 she was a soloist at Columbia Ballet. In the summer of 2013 she was asked to perform in Swan Lake with the Hong Kong Ballet Company at the Guangzhou Theatre and in 2014 she was a guest artist for Charleston Ballet.
Ms. Liu has won numerous international and important awards competing in many significant competitions including the prestigious Varna International Ballet Competition held in Varna, Bulgaria, USA IBC in Jackson, and the Asian Grand Prix. Ms. Janis joined the company in 2016 since then she has performed principal roles in The Stone Flower, The Nutcracker, Chipollino, Paquita, Firebird, Our Waltzes, Pentimento, Fairy Doll, Klimt, and Taiko among others.
Most recently she danced the Principal role of “Farfalla” in the ballet “Le Papillon” , role that was created for her.
She has traveled with the company and as a guest dancer to Mexico, Peru, Poland and Malaysia with Vladimir Issaev.
Ms. Janis Liu also teaches the professional division of our affiliated school, Vladimir Issaev School Of Classical Ballet, Fl, USA and she is a Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Vaganova Syllabus Certified Teacher.
Among her most recent honors:
Guest dancer at the XXIV International Ballet Festival of Miami
UNICEF’s Dance for Peace guest dancer
2020 Miami International Ballet Competition, guest dancer
Asia Ballet Academy of Malaysia’s Fairy Doll , Guest dancer 2018
Taipei Youth Ballet Company Summer Course, Guest Teacher (2017)
Gulf Coast Ballet, MS, USA, Guest Principal Dancer (2016)
Columbia Classical Ballet, SC, USA, Soloist (2014-2016)
Charleston Ballet, WV, USA, Guest Principal Dancer (2015)
SCD IBC, Guest Principal Dancer (2015-2016)
Coastal City Ballet, Canada, Dancer (2013-2014)
Hong Kong International Youth Dance Summer Course, Guest Teacher (2013 & 2015)
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Pre-professional Ballet Program (2012)
Royal Academy of Dance – Solo Seal Award (2012)
2018 Miami International Ballet Competition, USA - 1st Place Gold Medal
2015 World Ballet Competition, Florida, Final - Professional Female Division 4th Place
2015 World Ballet Competition, Florida, Final - Arizona Ballet Full Scholarship
2014 Yi Lei Cei International Ballet Competition - Outstanding Female Dancer Award
2014 Youth America Grand Prix, Dallas Top 12
2013 Star Of Canaan Dance International Ballet Competition – Ballet 1st Place
2013 Star Of Canaan Dance International Ballet Competition – Contemporary 1st Place
2013 American Dance Competition IBC, USA – Pas De Deux 3rd Place
2012 14th Asia Pacific International Ballet Competition – Betty Tilley Championship Cup 1st Place
2012 American Dance Competition IBC, USA – Senior Ballet Division 5th Place
2012 American Dance Competition IBC, USA – Louisville Ballet Full Scholarship
2012 American Dance Competition IBC, USA – The Carreno Dance Festival Scholarship
2011 American Dance Competition IBC, USA – Sarasota Ballet Full Scholarship
2011 Hong Kong Kangaroo Cup Dance Competition – Ballet Division 1st Place
2010-2012 H.K. Open Dance Competition – Ballet Division Gold & Outstanding Performance Award
2009 CSTD International Ballet Competition, Australia 1st Place
2007 Hong Kong Ballet Group Star Award Competition Bronze Medal