Jingjing Mao grew up in the south of China, but left her home when she was nine years old to study at the Beijing Dance Academy. She originally hoped to join the Beijing National Ballet, but inspired by videos of other ballet companies around the world, she figured that she might like to dance somewhere outside Asia. In 2010, she attended a gala in Monaco with her school, where Ted Brandsen saw her dance a variation. Afterwards, he asked Jingjing what she would think of a place within Dutch National Ballet and she accepted the offer on the spot.
Since then, between 2010 and 2022, she has been promoted from aspirant to soloist, through the ranks of élève, corps de ballet, coryphée and grand sujet. She has also won several awards, including the first prize in the Tao Li Bei Dance Competition in Beijing and the excellence prize at the Youth America Grand Prix in New York.
With Dutch National Ballet since:
Place of birth:
Career with Dutch National Ballet:
Soloist (2022), grand sujet (2017), coryphée (2015), corps de ballet, élève (2011), aspirant (2010)
Beijing Dance Academy (Beijing, China)
- 2009: Youth America Grand Prix, (New York City, United States), excellence award
- 2009: Tao Li Bei Dance Competition (Beijing, China), 1st
- 2008: International Ballet Invitational, (Beijing, China), 3rd