Name: Tien Chen
Current location: NYC
City you were raised in: Taiwan
Social Media Handles: Instagram: @tiennychen
At what age and how did you get into dancing? I started dancing when I was 3 years old. My mom wanted me to move around so she took me to kiddie dance class in Taiwan. Since then, I’ve been fascinated by the beauty and the peacefulness dancing can bring me, which is what led me to today. I train countless hours everyday in Classical Chinese Dance.
Please tell us more about your training throughout your life: I did ballet and all the typical dance forms throughout my childhood. When I was 13, I was officially accepted into Feitian Academy of the Arts in NYC as a full scholarship student with my main focus on Classical Chinese dance. There, I learned all the fundamentals and also perfected my skills and polished them until they shined. I’ve been with the company since. But still I have a LOT to learn!
What are some of the challenges in being a dancer? Ballerinas have a lot of training for their ankles. I have been a Classical Chinese Dancer most of my life and I’d say the most difficult challenges I’ve faced have surfaced from my flexibility and agility.
What are some lessons you’ve learned in dance training that you can apply to other parts of your life? Never give up no matter how hard something may seem. The determination to achieve a new technique always pushed me forward, which is how I got to the point I am at today.
Favorite dance move? Jumps , leaps, flips ! I am super active. And I use that energy to jump. Which is as close to flying as I’ll ever get haha.
If you could only see one Ballet at the theater for the rest of your life, which one would it be? Shen Yun. I know I came from that dance company but that’s something that will forever have my heart. And I can watch it forever and ever!
Where would you want to take your dancing career? Dream job? I want to take my dancing on screen! Do movies or something like that. I’ve performed on hundreds of stages around the world already. My next step would definitely be to combine this with Hollywood. It would definitely be a dream come true!
What new countries and cities has dancing taken you to? Oh, so so many. I’ve performed over 500 shows in over 21 countries and countless cities. Countries include Hong Kong,Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Holland, Czech Republic, England, USA, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, and Argentina.
If you could dance in any theater or in any city the world, where would it be and why? Haha that’s hard to say, I’ve pretty much covered the world already! But if I could go back to anywhere in the world, it’d definitely be Switzerland. It’s so beautiful and the people there are wonderful! But I have to say my dancing career has been grand so far. Now that I am no longer with the company I wish to accomplish even more by myself and continue down this road of art.