Owner, Executive Producer, Acrobat
Born in Mainland China, Yan Yan Zhao comes from an esteemed four generations of Chinese acrobats. As a young child she was taught the many
skills of Chinese acrobatics from her father, famous for his bicycle act.
She is proud of achieving the title of 'First Class Acrobat' in China.
At the tender age of eleven, her highly developed skills had her featured in a
gala performance for American President Richard M. Nixon on his historic visit to
In 1986, she performed the bicycle act with her brother and won the gold
medal "Prize of the Republic" at the "International Festival of the Circus of
Tomorrow" in Paris, France.
It was there that she was recruited for the first North American tour of Cirque Du
Yan Yan continued to perform live and on numerous television specials, including
performances at many famous US venues including Walt Disney World's Epcot
Center, Sea World, Circus Circus MGM International Resort in Reno and Las Vegas. To date she
has appeared in over 48 countries around the world.
Falling in love with the American lifestyle, in April 2000, Yan Yan was granted US
citizenship for her 'extraordinary ability' and later took residence in Las Vegas.
This was the perfect location to create her dream of a new entertainment
company that would share the artistic and skilled Chinese acrobats with
Her extensive and impressive background as a highly skilled gold medalist
acrobat in China, her ability to speak English, Chinese, and Japanese enabled
her to bring this dream to life.
In her current show CHI OF SHOALIN-THE TALE OF THE DRAGON, Yan
Yan worked with long time friend Guy Caron as artistic director. "He helped to
bring the show in my mind to life on stage. Each day I learned from his amazing
Ms Zhao continues to expand her company to now bring new American produced
shows to her homeland of China. "I want to share the beauty of both cultures
and give new opportunities to young performers, just as had been given to me."