Xin Ji

From the tender age of eight, Xin knew he wanted to be a dancer. Fortunately, Xin was able to take dance lessons at school on Saturday mornings and the encouragement to audition for the Beijing Dance Academy from his teacher lead him to five years of full time dance, majoring in Chinese Classical Ballet.

Following graduation, Xin was offered a position in Japan with Shiki Theatre Company performing in well-known musicals, including the role as Mr. Mistoffelees in Cats. After five years of touring, Xin wanted to develop his skills in contemporary dance and chose Unitec in Auckland to study. During his studies, Xin was invited to perform at The World of Wearable Arts in Wellington as a professional dancer two years in a row and was chosen to represent Unitec in China to perform a work created by Michael Parmenter for the 60th anniversary of the Beijing Dance Academy.

After Xin graduated from Unitec, he worked with leading contemporary dance companies including Footnote Dance in Wellington, Okareka Dance Company, MuscleMouth and Movement of The Human where he performed in the Wellington and Auckland Fringe Festivals, the Performance Arcade Festival and the Nelson Arts Festival.

From 2015-2016, Xin was employed by The New Zealand Dance Company (NZDC) as a contractor and in 2017 was offered a full-time contract. Xin has performed in the Company’s 2015 Lumina premiere season, the 2016 Lumina Germany/Holland Tour, the 2016 premiere season of The Absurdity of Humanity, the 2016 Trolleys New Zealand premiere, the 2017 premiere of Kiss The Sky, the 2017 tour of The Absurdity of Humanity, and in the 2018 season of Lumina and as well as the Company’s tour to Belgium and Luxembourg. In 2019, Xin decided to continue pursuing other dance ventures, but still performs consistently with NZDC.

(Photo by John McDermott; taken from The Fibonacci as part of Kiss The Sky)