Ma started his career at the Beijing Dance Academy training as a Chinese Classical dancer before he joined the National Ballet of China in 1995, then Tulsa Ballet in 1999. He worked with directors and choreographers internationally and performed leading roles in works by Balanchine, Cranko, Robbins, Tharp, Duato, Kudelka, Kylian, Forsythe, MacMillan, Hans Van Manen and many others. Ma has also appeared as a Principal Guest Artist on international stages across the world.
As a choreographer, Ma has created original works for Tulsa Ballet, Houston Ballet, BalletMet, Ballet Florida, Smuin Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Ballet Nouveau Colorado, Ballet Des Moines, among others. In 2006, Ma was named one of the “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine for both his dancing and choreography as well as The Choo-San Goh award in 2007. In 2008, Ma was the winner of the 21st Century Choreographic competition and also received the “Audience Favorite” and received the “Editor’s Choice Award” from Pointe Magazine. Most recently, Richmond Ballet performed Ma’s Ershter Vals at the Linbury Studios at the Royal Opera House to sold out audiences.
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