Jiyan Dai began dancing at the Shenyang Dance Academy in China at the age of 10. In 2004, he won the Bronze medal at the International Ballet Competition (IBC) in Japan, and received his bachelor’s degree from Beijing Dance Academy when he was 19. Mr. Dai won the Artistry Award in the 2006 Vaganova IBC in Russia and the “Tao Li Cup” gold medal in China. In 2009, he joined the Universal Ballet in South Korea and danced all around the world. In 2012, Mr. Dai joined Tulsa Ballet. He joined Texas Ballet Theater in 2014, and has choreographed the ballet “Classic Theme B” for Texas Ballet Theater School’s Professional Division. Mr. Dai has performed principal roles in Ben Stevenson’s The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Five Poems, Dracula, Cinderella, Roanld Hynd’s The Merry Widow, Harald Lander’s Études, George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, Glen Tetley’s Voluntaries, Onegin, Swan Lake, Giselle, La Bayadere, Don Quixote, and Jiri Kylian’s Petite Mort and Senchs Tanze, Ohad Naharin’s Minus 7, and William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Wayne McGregor’s Presentient and The Four Temperaments, Val Caniparoli’s Lady of the Camellias, Yuri Possokhov’s Classical Symphony, James Kudelka’s There below, Paul Taylor’s Company B, Jorma Elo’s One/End/One, Christopher Wheeldon’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Christopher Bruce’s Rooster.