Yan Chen was trained at Shanghai Dance School, and China and San Francisco ballet schools. She was awarded the Paris Foundation of Dance Award at the Prix de Lausanne, one of the most prestigious international ballet competitions. As one of American Ballet Theater’s most lyrical and versatile dancers, she has performed many leading roles including Juliet in Romeo & Juliet, the title role in Cinderella, Princess Aurora in the Sleeping Beauty, the Sulphide in La Sulphide, Swanilda in Coppelia, Gulnar in Le Corsaire, Desdemona in Othello, Giselle in Giselle, as well as works by Twyla Tharp, Jiri Kylian, Paul Taylor, Lar Lubovitch, George Balanchine, John Cranko, John Neumeier, and James Kudelka.
During her performing career, Ms. Chen had performed as a guest artist throughout the world. She has been invited to perform at many prestigious dance festivals, such as Vail International and Jacob’s Pillow dance festivals. She also appeared in PBS Great Performance program for television and video/DVD, American Ballet Theater Now. Ms. Chen always had a passion for teaching. Since 1994, she has been served as the guest teacher with the Orlando Ballet School and company (then, known as the Southern Ballet Theater). In 2009, she became the Ballet Master with the Orlando Ballet. She is also a faculty member with the American Ballet Theater’s summer intensive program and an ABT Certified Teacher.