Johnny Zhong, aka Zhong Zhen

Professional Ballet Dancer

Height: 5’6″

Hair: Black

Eyes: Brown



Westside School of Ballet (Yvonne Mounsey)

“Nutcracker” Soldier Doll, Russian (2010-2014)

Spring Performance; Balanchine’s “Valse Fantasie” and Sleeping Beauty “Puss n’ Boots” (2014)


Clairobscur Dance Company (Laurie Sefton)

Association of Performing Arts Presenters APAP|NYC (2015)

“More Please” and “Beginning” Showcase, New York City (2015)

Site Specific Showcase, San Francisco (2014)

Boston Contemporary Dance Festival BCDF, Boston (2014)

“Tell Me” Showcase, Santa Monica (2014)

Western Art Alliance Convention (2013)


C.Round Ballet Works (Catherine Round)

“Pay it Forward” (A Benefit to the CA Hospital Medical Center)

“Le Corsaire” pas de deux and “Be Careful it’s my Heart” pas de deux (2014)

“Don Quixote” Variation and contemporary ballet pas de deux (2013)


Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising FIDM  

“Gala Benefit” Spring Fundraiser Performance (2014-2015)


Pasadena Dance Theatre (Cynthia Young)

“Nutcracker” Cavalier, Party Dad, Mouse (2013)


The Los Angeles Dance Company (Marie France-Levensque)

“On Pointe at 50, and Beyond” (2013)


Long Beach Ballet (David Wilcox)

Resident Choreographer, faculty, performer: 2006-present

“Nutcracker” Snow King (2006), Chinese Dancer (2008), Spanish Dancer (2007-2009, 2011-2012)

“Aladdin” Aladdin (2012)

“Sleeping Beauty” Bluebird Pas de Deux, Variation and Coda (2011)

“Cinderella” Prince (2010)

“Don Quixote” Cupid (2008)

“Peter Pan” Peter Pan (2007)

“Coppelia” Frantz (2006)


Festival Ballet Theatre (Salwa Rizkalla)

Principal Dancer 2006; “Swan Lake” Jester (2006)

Gala of the Stars “Pas’d Action From Laurencia” Soloist (2010)

“Nutcracker” Spanish Dance, Russian Dance (2010)

“Coppelia” (2011)


Monat Dance (Sophie Monat)

“Celebrate Dance Festival” Contemporary Ballet Pas de Deux (2011)


Anaheim Ballet (Lawrence Rosenburg)

“iDance” Soloist/Variation (2010)


Motion Tribe (Marie de la Palme)

“Immortal Beloved” Pas de Deux (2008)


Little Rock Ballet Theater (Mark Bush)

Principal Dancer 2006; “Anjils” Earth Man (2006)


Peninsula School of Performing Arts (Tita Boulger; June Chin)

“Swan Lake” Prince (2006)


Guangzhou Classical Ballet of China (Dan Dan Zhang)

Soloist 2000-2006

“Swan Lake” Jester (2000-2006)

“Romeo & Juliet” Mercutio (2000-2006)

“La Bayadere” Golden Idol (2000-2006)

“Don Quixote” Cupid (2000-2006)



“Parfois” Lauren Brim (2014)



Guangzhou Classical Ballet of China (1999-2006)

USA (1999)

France (2000)

Italy (2001)

Germany and Switzerland (2003)

Finland (2004)

Australia (2005)

Russia and Canada (2006)



2nd Place: National Classical Ballet Junior Competition, China (1997)

2nd Place: National Dance Competition, China (1998)

3rd Place: National Classical International Senior Competition, Guangzhou, China (1999)

Semi-Finalist: Varna International Ballet Competition IBC, Bulgaria (2002)

Top Ten: Shanghai International Ballet Competition, China (2004)

1st Place (Solo): National Choreographer Competition, China (2005)

3rd Place (Choreography): National Choreographer Competition, Contemporary Division, China (2005)




YAGP Coach: 2007-Present

Long Beach Ballet full time Faculty and Resident Choreographer: 2006-present

Elevation Studios (Alex Amold & Robert Prescott Lee) full time faculty: 2009-present

Long Beach Ambassadors in China program: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, (2010 & 2013 only teaching USA program)

Westside School of Ballet: Adult Ballet Teacher 2013-present

Evansville Ballet, Indiana (Mark Bush)

“Directors Cut Summer Intensive” 2011, 2012, 2013

Nuevo School of Contemporary Ballet (Francisco Gella)

“Intestate Movement Dance Festival” 2013

Body Traffic (Lillian Barbeito, Tina Finkelman Berkett)

Contemporary Dance Company Class: 2013



National Dance School of Anshan, China

Ballet Class: 2010, 2011, 2012



2013: “Swan Lake” (Act I and Act III) for Long Beach Ballet

*Performed at the National Festival of Regional Dance America 2008, 2012

2012-2013: “Guardians” for The Aquarium of the Pacific of Long Beach

2011: “Sleeping Beauty” various scenes for Long Beach Ballet

2007-2013: various solo pieces for Long Beach Ballet students: YAGP competition, Los Angeles, California

2009: “Legion” and “Americans Study Peking Opera” placed Top 10 and invited to YAGP NY

2007-2013: various ensemble pieces for Long Beach Ballet for Regional Dance America:

“Shu Fa*” (2007), “Legion” (2009), “Americans Study Peking Opera” (2008), “Again” (2009) “Yin Yang” (2008), “Genesis” (2009) “Enjoy” (2010), “Lost In Meditation*” (2011-2012), “What Now?” (2012), “Collado Mediano” (2013-2014)



Russian Classical/Bolshoi Ballet, pas de deux, modern, contemporary, Russian character, African, choreography, improvisation, jazz, hip-hop, acupuncture


Xinghai Conservatory of Music; 4 years college, Guangzhou, China; 2002-2006                                                     

China National Classical Ballet, Shen Yang Arts Institute; Graduate, 1999; Left home to begin year round training: 1993