Ms. Chen was born in Fairfax, VA, and grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida, where she began her classical ballet training with Elena Martinson and Andrei Ustinov. She furthered her training and was a student company member of Florida West Ballet under the artistic direction of Pavel Fomin for six years (2004-2010). Ms. Chen has received scholarships to Miami City Ballet, Orlando Ballet, and North Carolina Dance Theatre’s summer intensives. Prior to joining MBT in 2013, she was a trainee with Next Generation Ballet under the artistic direction of Peter Stark for two seasons, where she was featured in television news segments. Ms. Chen has competed in Youth America Grand Prix. She has taught both privately and Young Children’s dance classes at the Patel Conservatory.