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Lucien Xu


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Lucien Xu

Lucien (Yipeng) was born in XuZhou, China. His father started him in dance lessons to build his strength. At age eleven Lucien was selected to study at the exclusive Beijing Dance Academy Secondary School. In 2014 and 2015 he received full scholarships to train at The Australian Ballet School, going on to tour with The Dancers Company several times. He joined The Australian Ballet in 2016. In 2019 he participated in an exchange with The National Ballet of China. He was promoted to coryphée in 2021, and to soloist in 2022.

Repertoire highlights

  • Wayne McGregor's Dyad 1929
  • Alice Topp's Aurum
  • Caius in Lucas Jervies' Spartacus
  • Stephen Baynes' Constant Variants
  • Fish and Gardener in Christopher Wheeldon's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland©
  • Tim Harbour's Squander and Glory
  • Fairy Cavalier (Temperament) in David McAllister's The Sleeping Beauty
  • The Prince in Storytime Ballet: The Nutcracker
  • Peasant Pas de deux in Giselle (Regional Tour)
  • Russian Dancer in Stephen Baynes' Swan Lake

Professional accolades


  • Telstra Ballet Dancer Award nominee, 2018

You may not know

Lucien is interested in photography and is a big fan of musical theatre.