Chen Dance Center

School Faculty

Elizabeth Douglas

received her B.A. in Dance from the University of Buffalo, and her Masters in Dance Education from New York University. She is also certified in Dance K-12, Elementary Labanotation, and Level One Somatics. Elizabeth has been affiliated with several children’s dance, arts outreach, and dance theater organizations in the Syracuse, NY and New York City areas. She currently works with Harkness Dance Center, In Grandma’s Attic, Education in Dance, and Intercataction. As a dancer, Elizabeth has worked with noted choreographers Douglas Dunn and Alwin Nikolais.

Alvin Lee

a native of Los Angeles, began playing the piano at age seven.  As an extremely gifted youth, he was the recipient of many awards and competition prizes, being quickly recognized for his remarkable talent.  He earned his undergraduate degree from California State University at Long Beach, and his Masters in piano performance from Manhattan School of Music.  With eclectic tastes and a love for music collaborations, he has performed with the Manhattan School of Music Philharmonia, the California State University Orchestra, the MSM/TACTUS Contemporary Ensemble, the CSULB New Music Ensemble, and the MSM Jazz Orchestra.  He is also a sought-after accompanist and piano teacher.  He is excited to be back in NYC after being away for several years.


Kimberly Prosa

is a professional dancer, teaching artist and choreographer appearing in both stage and film productions. She has taught ballet, pointe and contemporary dance at several schools, studios and universities throughout New York and Oregon in addition to serving as a guest teaching artist and artist in residence restaging works, and creating choreography throughout NYC, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Birmingham, southern Oregon and Ghana, West Africa. Ms. Prosa received her B.F.A in dance from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance, holds an M.S. in human services with a specialization in non-profit management and is currently pursuing her M.S. in global affairs with a concentration in Peace-building at NYU. She is Artistic Director of the New York based emerging modern dance company Humanistics Dance Company.

Eve Chan

received her ballet training at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She performed and toured with the Hong Kong Ballet as Demi-soloist then in 2007 was appointed as one of three resident choreographers by former artistic director Mr. John Meehan. As a choreographer, her works had been presented in many different festivals and events in Chile, Germany, China, New York. In 2012 Eve received her Master Degree in Fine Arts from Purchase College SUNY, where she taught ballet classes. She danced with H.T. Chen & Dancers and after she joined Mystic Ballet as the Ballet Mistress. Currently, Chan is on faculty with Connecticut Ballet and Chen Dance Center.

Stephanie Chun

received her BA in Government from Dartmouth College and MFA in Dance from NYU/Tisch. She has danced for Earl Mosley, Nimbus Dance Works, Sydney Schiff Dance Project, Ariel Rivka Dance and others and danced with HT Chen & Dancers for five seasons. Stephanie is also a ballet accompanist at American Ballet Theatre and Broadway Dance Center and has composed music for both dance and short films. Stephanie is an ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT Teacher Training Curriculum.

Chelsea Ainsworth

is originally from North Carolina. Her dance training has included Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Pointe, Hip Hop, Ballroom, and Modern dance as well as attending the North Carolina School of the Arts as a high school ballet major. After graduating from The Juilliard School she worked with David Parker and the Bang group, Johannes Wieland/ Staadtstheater Kassel in Germany, and ZviDance. Currently she is dancing for ZviDance and David Parker dance companies. She is honored and excited to be teaching for Chen Dance Center. 

Ayaka Kamei

received her B.F.A from SUNY Purchase. She has danced principal roles in ballet such as Swanlake, The Nutcracker and Coppélia. She has danced works by George Balanchine, Aszure Barton, Dario Dinuzzi, Matthew Neenan, Taryn Kaschock Russell and Bettijane Sills, among many others. She is a dancer at the Metropolitan Opera and excited to share her love for dance at Chen Dance Center!

Seneca Lawrence

received her BFA in Dance Performance from SUNY Purchase. Having studied at the Boston Ballet school, she’s been trained rigorously in ballet and modern. Performance credits include works by George Balanchine, Matthew Neenan, Gabrielle Lamb, Stuart Loungway, Ori Flomin and Bettijane Sills. She has taught ballet, pointe and jazz in New Hampshire, where she is originally from and currently performing freelance work around NYC as well as teaching recreational dance in afterschool programs through Manhattan. She is thrilled to be a part of the faculty at Chen Dance Center.

Hannah Garner

began training in high school under the instruction of Sharron Miller. She continued on to graduate Summa Cum Laude from SUNY Purchase, earning a BFA in Performance and Composition and a minor in Arts Management. Hannah received the Adopt A Dancer Scholarship, Outstanding Senior Award, and Study Abroad Scholarship, which financed her semester abroad at the Beijing Dance Academy. Hannah has performed with Kathleen Helm & Dancers, Hyperspace Dance, Rovaco Dance Company, and served as understudy and assistant to Doug Varone on his production of ‘Dido and Aeneas’ at City Center. She is currently dancing for Sue Bernhard and Megan Williams.

Rachel Mazur

received her B.A in Ballet Performance and Dance Pedagogy from Point Park University, and her M.A in Teaching Dance in the Professions: American Ballet Theatre Pedagogy from NYU.  In addition, she is an ABT® Certified Teacher for Primary through Level 7 & Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She has taught, directed, and choreographed for several places in NYC and Central Kentucky area including: Dancers Responding to Aids, Usdan Summer Camp for the Performing Arts, After 3 Arts, The Lexington Ballet, East Pointe Dance, and The Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts. 

Karen Ng

was born in HK and raised in New Zealand. She is a passionate lover of NYC’s music and dance scene, exploring the club culture of House, Hip hop and Waacking whilst performing and creating for numerous events, festivals and shows and shares her love of dance with students of all ages. 

Lina Jonnerhag

graduated from the Ballet Academy in Stockholm, Sweden. Lina has worked with choreographers such as Julian Wicks, Shirlene Quigley, Derek Mitchell, Katharine Pettit, Brinda Guha and appeared in Phil Orsanos’ concept video “One”. She has taught kids, youths and adults in different styles like hiphop, jazz, contemporary and ballet in Sweden and New York.