Born in 1975 in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China, Yang started practice dancing since early childhood. He began professional dance training at China People’s Liberation Army Arts Institute’s (PLAI) Dance Academy from 1988. Yang was among the top eight of Youth Folk Dancer in the 4th National Arts Academy Taoli Cup Dance Competition. He graduated from PLAI with distinction and became a lead dancer at No. 2 Artillery Art Troupe of China People’s Liberation Army.
He was chief dancer in many group performances and duets. He joined Beijing Mordem Dance Ensemble in 1997. As an international artist, he was invited to perform in a dance drama by Adelaide City Arts Academy in Australia. In 2000, he joined Ms Jin Xing as her co-dancer and assistant to establish Jin Xing Contemporary Dance Ensemble in Shanghai. Yang was invited to join France Ballet Du Nord in 2001. He then moved to France’s world renowned Ballet Preljocaj in September 2002.
Yang embarked on his career as a photographer from 2006. He produced “Living Dance”, a series of his early work and held a tour in many cities and regions in France from 2009 to 2010. The picture album under the same name was published by Seguier, a French publisher, in 2011. Yang started fashion photography in 2011 and has ever since been working with GQ, Vogue and ElleMen in China.