Meet Felicia Zhang

Each NWDT dancer brings an energy to the stage that is uniquely powerful and beautiful. Ever since Felicia Zhang first came to join the company as a freshman at Tualatin High School, she has approached each role with enthusiasm and poise. And as you will see by her performance this weekend in Marius Petipa’s La Bayadère (set by June Taylor-Dixon), M’Liss Stephenson’s Clear Vision, and Leonid Shagalov’s Córdoba, Felicia possesses a quiet strength and distinctly graceful quality that stuns the audience.

Over the years Felicia has continued to grow both artistically and technically. She is a brilliant source of positive energy for her fellow peers through the rehearsal and performance process. It is a bittersweet time saying farewell to our senior dancers, but it is also a beautiful feeling to see the incredible work they have accomplished in such a short period of time. We are very proud of Felicia’s wonderful accomplishments both on and offstage! We wish Felicia the very best this performance weekend, and we look forward to seeing all Felicia will accomplish as she begins this next life chapter!

We invite you to join us for A Festival of Dance where you can see the next generation of brilliant young professionals on stage this weekend, April 8th and 9th, 2017! It is going to be an amazing experience you won’t wish to miss.

Performing Arabian solo from A Nutcracker Tea 2016 | Photo by Lindsay Hile Photography

Where do you train?

I train at June Taylor’s School of Dance.

When did you join NWDT?

I joined NWDT during my freshman year.

What is your favorite role in A Festival of Dance?

This weekend I’m looking forward to dancing the modern piece, Clear Vision, by M’Liss Stephenson the most. The style is drastically different from the type of dance that I am use to, and I feel the most relaxed while performing that piece.

What has been your favorite role to perform?
My favorite role to dance is the Waltz of the Flowers in the Nutcracker. I think the music is really beautiful, and the choreography fits the tone perfectly. I was part of the role for two years, so I was really comfortable with the choreography, and I was able to focus on the details to make the dance even more polished.

What have you learned while dancing with NWDT?

A Nutcracker Tea 2015 (Felicia on right, Lauren Wattenburg on left, and Sarah Valesano in the center | Photo: Carrigg Photography & Design

My work with NWDT not only pushed me to be a better dancer, but also helped me in academic studies. I learned how to manage my time efficiently and to stay calm even under stress. I was able to balance school work even with the amount of dancing that I was doing because I found that dancing was a much needed relaxation. It allowed me to step out of my usual environment for a while and adjust by doing what I love the most. Also, by performing on stage, I learned to only focus on my actions instead of the pressure around me. I learned to trust on my own ability.

What are your future plans and goals?

For the future, I will be majoring in International Relations and Mathematics at Northeastern University in Boston. I want to continue dancing because I’m not ready to give it up yet, and I will also have lots of opportunities to watch Boston Ballet’s performances on my free time!

What is on your mind as you prepare for your last NWDT performance?

As I prepare for my last performance, I’m a little sad to leave something that has been so important to me for the past 4 years. But I am looking forward to making my last performance my best one.

 

Tickets for A Festival of Dance run $12-18 ($10 for youth)* and are available at nwdt.org/tickets. Showtimes are April 8 at 7pm to April 9 at 2pm at PCC Sylvania. Please contact 503-925-3898 or email tickets@nwdt.org for more information.

*Performance week special offer: Get one free youth ticket with one adult ticket purchase when you enter discount code “freechild”.