National Ballet of China
The Beijing-based National Ballet of China was founded on New Year's Eve in 1959. Since 1961 it has performed in more than 140 cities on five continents, and its members have won numerous awards in international ballet competitions. The company has collaborated with many of ballet's international stars, including Pyotr Gusev, Anton Dolin, and Rudolph Nureyev. Its repertoire includes such classics as Swan Lake, Giselle, and Don Quixote.The National Ballet of China is committed to incorporating the rich heritage of Chinese classical and folk dance into ballet, and it has been in the forefront of the nation's performing arts from its inception.