Launch of Tran Ly Ly’s New Dance Studio Announced by Renowned Choreographer

With her special contributions to Vietnam’s ballet and contemporary dance, Tran Ly Ly has become the first female director of the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet. Ly is also on Forbes Vietnam’s list of the 50 most influential women in Vietnam. 

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Tran Ly Ly, a talented dancer known for her passion and talent, began her training at the age of 10. She quickly gained recognition and won two national young dance talent awards in 1992 and 1994. Her achievements at such a young age were remarkable.

Despite being accepted into the Hanoi Academy of Theater and Cinema’s Dancing Faculty, Ly decided to pursue a dance scholarship at Queen University of Technology in Australia. She spent seven years studying and working in Australia and France before returning to Vietnam in 2003.




Tran Ly Ly at a press conference on the 2019 contemporary dance program. Photo: Thanh Giang / VNP


Meritorious Artist Tran Ly Ly is honored by Forbes Vietnam in the field of communications and creativity. Photo: Forbes Vietnam

Upon her return, Ly’s first theatrical dance performance “One Day” made a significant impact and marked the beginning of her successful career as a choreographer. Her following works, including “Living in the Box” (2008), “Zen” and “7X” (2012), and “Yes Yes No No” (2016), gained popularity as well.

“No matter which country you come from, you must speak a common language once you perform on the world’s stage. You cannot speak your language and ask them to understand you.”

Choreographer Tran Ly Ly

In late 2018, Ly took on the role of Director of the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet (VNOB), becoming the first female director in its 60-year history. With a desire to celebrate the 60th anniversary of VNOB, Ly plans to stage big performances such as Swan Lake, The Sculptor (an opera), and various mixed opera programs.


Instructing dancers at a rehearsal. Photo: Thanh Giang / VNP


Ly is the first female director in the 60-year history of VNOB. Photo: Thanh Giang / VNP


Sharing experience with young dancers. Photo: Thanh Giang / VNP


Ly at a rehearsal before an overseas performance trip. Photo: Thanh Giang / VNP


“Vietnam has many artists and professors. But being an artist at the same time as being a professor like Tran Ly Ly is very rare. Ly sees dance in everything. Even if a knife or a chopping board wants to learn ballet or modern dance, Ly will find it ordinary. In her eyes, everything, from feelings to thinking, is translated into movement. For Ly, everything and everybody are always moving and if they stand still, it merely means a shift to another dance.”


Director Le Hoang
Story: Thao Vy Photos: Thanh Giang & Files