Chen Dance Center

Artist Bios

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H.T. Chen

was born in Shanghai, China and raised in Taiwan. Mr. Chen’s background is in both Chinese and Western dance and theater. A graduate of the University of Chinese Culture in Taiwan, The Juilliard School in NYC, and New York University (MA), H.T. Chen worked for several years at La MaMa E.T.C. as an actor, dancer and choreographer with the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre. He has also been the recipient of NEA Choreography Fellowships, a CAPS grant, and a Jerome Foundation grant, and was choreographer in residence at THE YARD in 1985 and 2011. Mr. Chen has taught at the Navajo Community College and the NYU Dept of Dance Professions. Mr. Chen has been an Arts America Speaker for the U.S.I.A. to Mauritius. If you would like to know more you can check out a full version of H.T.’s bio here

Dian Dong

a graduate of The Juilliard School, studied with Shirley Ubell, Vladimir Doukodovsky, Alfredo Corvino and Doris Rudko. She has worked with Anna Sokolow’s Players’ Project, Kathryn Posin, Janet Soares, Lance Westergard, Kazuko Hirabayashi, Lincoln Center Institute, the ADF 25th Anniversary Repertory Co, Walter Nicks, and the national tour of The King & I. She has taught at NYU School of Ed., Montclair State College, the Center for Modern Dance Ed. and Chen Dance Center. Ms. Dong organizes and designs the education programs for CDC’s homebased and residency programs.  She has participated in the Kennedy Center’s Capacity Building Program led by Michael Kaiser, and attended the Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders - Arts at Stanford Graduate Business School. She and H.T. Chen are the proud recipients of the 2012 Mid-Career Award from the Martha Hill Dance Fund.

Renouard Gee

received a BA from St. Thomas Univ in Houston, TX before coming to NYC. He has toured in the U.S., Europe and Asia with numerous companies, including Laura Dean Dancers & Musicians, Senta Driver/HARRY, Michael Mao, and Catherine Turocy’s New York Baroque Dance Co. Renouard first performed and toured with H.T. Chen & Dancers in 1988, and was a lead dancer with the company for over a decade. He also serves on the Chen Dance Center Board, and is a proud member of The La Mama ETC’s Great Jones Repertory Company, founded by the late Ellen Stewart.


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Maki Shinagawa

started her ballet training under Aiko Ohtaki at the Ballet Arts of Carnegie Hall in Japan, and has performed in Japan and throughout the US. Since arriving in NYC in 2004, she has been a member/ assistant of Nina Buisson Contemporary Move, H.T. Chen & Dancers and principal dancer and soloist with the Vangeline Theater.  Maki has been featured in the short film “Scriptura Vitae” for BBC, performed at the Cultural Center at the Chicago Butoh Festival.

Gary Champi

graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Cognitive Science and a minor in Dance. He is the Administrative Assistant at the Merce Cunningham Trust and has participated in numerous Cunningham repertory workshops and special projects. In addition to performing with H.T. Chen & Dancers, Gary also dances with Dusan Tynek Dance Theatre. Gary recently appeared as a guest artist with Robert Moses’ Kin and has previously worked with Katharine Hawthorne, Daniel Roberts, Ronnie Reddick, and Natalia Duong. 

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Ari Someya

hails from Tokyo, Japan where she started dancing at the Michiko Shiona Dance Studio. After working with Michiko Shiona Company and various other dance artists in Japan, Ari moved to New York in 2004 to study at The Merce Cunningham Dance School where she received her certificate in 2007. She previously danced with Saeko Ichinohe Dance Company.


Sean Nederlof

received a B.F.A. in Dance from the University California Santa Barbara; studying under Christopher Pilafian, Nancy Colahan, Alice Condedina, and many others. As a member of the university’s student company, he toured in Italy, performing works by Jose Limon, Donald McKayle, Jerry Pearson, and Peter Pucci. In addition to working with H.T. Chen & Dancers, Sean has worked with Abarukas and J Chen Project.

Keyasha Williams-Bailey

originally from Miami, FL, Keyasha received her degree from New World School of the Arts/University of Florida. There she studied under Daniel Lewis, Bambi Anderson, Peter London and Rebecca Canaan. She has also worked with companies such as Vashti Dance Theater and Camille A. Brown Dancers. She is a member of Silva Dance Company and apprenticing with Camille A. Brown Dancers.

Ezra Goh

began his dance journey with various street styles, before stepping into his first ballet class at 21, enrolling to Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) in Singapore shortly after. He now holds a Diploma in Dance Choreography from NAFA and a BFA in Dance from Purchase College, SUNY. When he is not dancing, he does work as a professional photographer and a GYROTONIC trainer. 


Torrey McAnena

originally from Pennsylvania, she began her dance training at Metropolitan Ballet Academy and continued at Marymount Manhattan College with a B.F.A in Dance, concentration in ballet. Torrey has participated in many Merce Cunningham Trust fellowships and is currently a member of Amanda Selwyn Dance Company and Lisa Fagan Dance Problems. Torrey is also a Physique 57 barre instructor.