Lei Zhao joined the Elmhurst School for Dance Artistic Faculty in September 2012. She was born in Shanghai, and trained at the Shanghai Dance School then Northern Ballet School. She was a member of Birmingham Royal Ballet from 1995 to 2011, rising to the rank of First Soloist. In December 2003 she became an MA in Applied Studies in Dance and in August 2007 she received her Professional
Dancers' Teaching Diploma from the Royal Academy of Dance.
Lei's repertory with Birmingham Royal Ballet included:Frederick Ashton: Dante Sonata (lead Child of Light) and Birthday Offering
Lei has also been a guest lecturer for the International Dance Teachers Association, guest ballet teacher with Singapore Dance Theater, guest teacher with Shanghai Dance Academy and Shanghai Ballet Company ballet tutor for 'CAT' programme, Dance Exchange, ballet mistress and choreographer with Midlands Theater Ballet, a member of the artistic faulty for the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD Associates and Genée dance challenge), and a guest teacher with Elmhurst School for Dance. Lei also had the opportunity to teach company class at Birmingham Royal Ballet, and has been involved in Birmingham Royal Ballet summer schools as ballet teacher and choreographer.