Yat-Sen Chang

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Yat-Sen Chang Oliva (born 1971 in Matanzas, Cuba) is a Cuban former principal dancer with English National Ballet.


Yat-Sen Chang is a Chinese Cuban born in Matanzas, Cuba. Yat-Sen Chang studied dance at the Cuban National Ballet School, beginning his studies at the age of nine. In 1989 he graduated as a dancer and teacher and joined the Cuban National Ballet under Alicia Alonso.

In 1992, he was invited to the International Dance Festival of La Baule and joined Jeune Ballet de France, in the same year and performed in many different countries. He joined the English National Ballet in 1993 as principal dancer.

He has a daughter with fellow ENB former principal dancer and ex-girlfriend Simone Clarke.

Yat-Sen studied at the Cuban National Ballet School, beginning his studies at the age of nine. The youngest of three brothers (all professionally trained ballet dancers), he graduated as a dancer and teacher in 1989 and immediately joined the famous Cuban National Ballet Company.

In 1992, he joined Jeune Ballet de France.

Yat-Sen performed both nationally and internationally as a guest artist in many Galas, including; A Homage to Nureyev at The Coliseum Theatre, The 50th Birthday Wings in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, The 50th Anniversary of The English National Ballet, Dame Beryl Grey's Evening at Sadler's Wells Theatre and The 10th Anniversary of Danzaria. Yat-Sen was also a guest artist with the Northern Ballet Theatre NBT in the production The Three Musketeers. He also appeared on television as the lead dancer in Granada Television's 'Men in Tights' and on Blue Peter performing The Twins from William Tuckett's Canterville Ghost.

Awards he received included Best Partner at the Varna International Festival (1990) and The "Leonida Massine Award" in Positano for Best Classical Dancer (1999). Yat-Sen is also the Guinness World Record holder of the faster turns within 30 sec.

Yat-Sen Chang, became the Artistic Director of the Espinosa Dance Project in February 2012. In addition to the EDP company class, Yat-Sen also gives private tuition to vocationally trained students and professionals. More recently, Yat-Sen has also begun to work on new projects for West End musical.

In August 2013 he started his own brand new company, Yat-Sen Chang Dance Company.

Sexual assault allegations and charges[edit]

Chang was accused of sexually assaulting three women at a London dance school.[1] He was charged with 14 counts of sexual assault on a girl between 2014 and 2016. She was as young as 16 when these incidents occurred. He denied these charges[2] in the Magistrates Court, but on 11 May 2021 was found guilty of 12 counts of sexual assault and one count of assault by penetration.[3][4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Media, P. A. (9 January 2020). "Ex-English National Ballet principal faces 14 counts of sexual assault". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  2. ^ "Ballet teacher 'groped three women'". Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  3. ^ "Yat-Sen Chang: Ballet dancer found guilty of sex assaults". BBC News. 11 May 2021. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  4. ^ "Ex-English National Ballet dancer convicted of sexual assault". The Independent. 11 May 2021. Retrieved 27 May 2021.

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