Long Zhao received an M.F.A. in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Mr. Zhao comes from a family of noted dance artists in China. He started dancing at the age of six and graduated from the Beijing Dance Academy as a Ballet instructor. Mr. Zhao joined the China Ballet Company and was promoted to the rank of principal dancer. He was also a founding member of the first Modern Dance Company in China in collaboration with the American Dance Festival from which he graduated. He has received rave reviews in the New-York Times and Newsweek Magazine for his choreography. Long Zhao arrived in America in 1990 and appeared as a guest soloist with the New Jersey Ballet Theatre and Alwin Nikolais and Murray Louis Dance Lab. Later he joined Ballet Florida and from 1994 through 1996, Mr. Zhao was a dancer with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. He also appeared in the Royal National Theatre’s Broadway production of Carousel and later he joined the American Repertory Ballet as a principal dancer. Mr. Zhao has appeared as a guest artist with the Hartford Ballet, Los Angeles Classical Ballet, Anglo-American Ballet, Rod Rodgers Dance Theatre, and worked with many other dance companies in New York City. Mr. Zhao was also a Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Pack School of the Arts.