Hou Honglan was born on Oct.19th, 1976 in Chengdu Sichuan Province. Honglan is one of China’s most famous ballerinas as well as a guest professor of Sichuan Dance School and Sichuan Occupation Art College. Honglan was selected by Amway China in December 2008 as one of its faces of its cosmetics brand Artistry.
In 1986, at the age of ten, Honglan enrolled at Sichuan Dance School, where she learned folk dance. During her ten years at the school, she attended many nation-wide performances and competitions and won a lot of awards. In a surprise move, she majored in ballet, rather than folk dance, when she joined the Beijing Academy of Dance where she studied from 1989 to 1995.
After her graduation from Beijing Dancing Institute, Honglan joined the National Ballet of China, one of the best ballet theatres in China. She knew that it was a good opportunity for her to learn from many excellent performers and artists. She has starred in The Red Detachment of Women, Le Corsaire, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Dying Swan, House of Flying Daggers, Pirate, Bakhtar and Raise the Red Lantern.
In June 1997, she went to Luxembourg alone, participating in the fourth International Ballet Competition and won the women adult solo dance Gold medal. In the same year, she held her individual special ballet show.
In 1999, she worked with Ballet de l’Opera Nationale du Rhin for a year and during her stay in France, she had the opportunity to co-operate with international dancers and was praised as “the ballet princess from China”. Honglan has visited United States, Indonesia, Turkey, Denmark, Israel, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan with the company.
As the prima ballerina of the National Ballet of China, she’s always on her toes. Her life is a dance.