Yuan Yuan Tan is a principal dancer with the San Francisco Ballet who brings international flavor to the company, originally having from from Shanghai, China and trained there and in Stuttgart, Germany.
She joined the San Francisco Ballet as a soloist in 1995 and became a principal dancer two years later. Her credits include lead roles in Giselle, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, and The Little Mermaid. She has created roles in ballets such as The Fifth Season, Silver Ladders, and 7 for Eight.
Ms. Tan has won gold medals at the First Japan International Ballet and Modern Dance Competition in 1993 and at the Fifth International Ballet Competition in Paris in 1992, as well at the Nijinsky Award at the former competition. She's even hosted galas in her own name in the Far East.
Americans outside the San Francisco Bay area got to see Ms. Tan in action in a December 2008 broadcast of PBS's "Great Performances" series, in which she danced the role of the Snow Queen in a San Francisco Ballet presentation of The Nutcracker, as choreographed by the San Francisco Ballet's own Helgi Tomasson.