Taiwan-born Chung-Lin Tseng began his artistic career as a figure skater, and in 1984 won a gold medal for pair's figure skating in the Taiwan National Championship. In 1990, he accepted a two-year, full scholarship to the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts where he developed a strong background in classical ballet and partnering technique. In the spring of 1992, Mr. Tseng had the great honor of performing in London in the production of Hong Kong Heartbeat where he was privileged to meet Princess Diana.
Prior to coming to Texas, Mr. Tseng danced with the Universal Ballet Company of Seoul. As a soloist for 6 years, he danced in 11 full-length and 19 one-act ballets. Mr. Tseng gained recognition on the international stage, performing in over 100 cities and 16 countries around the world.
Mr. Tseng developed several important roles for the company such as Von Rothbart from the Mariinsky Theatre production of Swan Lake, Hilarion in Giselle and the Korean King in Shim Chung.
In 1998, Mr. Tseng joined Fort Worth Dallas Ballet ( now called Texas Ballet Theater) where he performed as principal dancer under the direction of Benjamin Houk and Ben Stevenson.
His featured roles included Balanchine’s Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Allegro Brillante, the Poet in La Sonnambula, the Waltz Boy in Serenade and others. In the classical repertoire, he has appeared as Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake (Second Act), the Sugar Plum Fairy's Cavalier in The Nutcracker, the male lead in Paquita, in Mr. Stevenson's Four Last Songs and Cinderella.
In 2000, Mr. Tseng won the Achievement Award awarded by the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
Mr. Tseng began his choreographic work as a student under the supervision of Aaron Wan. He continued developing his talent choreographing for Universal Ballet and other professional groups in Taiwan and Italy under the supervision of Roy Tobias. He has presented two full-length evenings of his choreography in Fort Worth with dancers from Texas Ballet Theater, and his works were selected by the Star-Telegram as one of the "Ten Best Performing Events" of the year in 2002.
In the summer 2004 Mr. Tseng staged the full-length production of La Sylphide for the Kaohsiung City Ballet in Taiwan. Mr Tseng was appointed Visiting-Artist-In-Residence at Southern Methodist University, Division of Dance, in 2004. In 2005-2006 has taught as part-time adjunct faculty at Texas Christian University, Department of Ballet and Modern Dance.
Since September 2007, Mr. Tseng has enjoyed being the company Ballet Teacher for the Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Mr. Tseng was just recently invited to teach one of the Master Classes at the Star of Canaan Dance Competition 2015 and 2016 in Hong Kong.
Mr. Tseng is the founder Artistic Director of Ballet Frontier of Texas. His productions of Ballet Frontier's Nutcracker and Pinocchio gained the company recognition with the Star-Telegram and D-Magazine as one of the best productions in the Dallas Fort Worth area. In July 2017, Mr. Tseng choreographic work was presented at a Gala performance in Seoul, South Korea, gaining the recognition of an international audience.
Assistant Artistic Director
Growing up in Georgia, Lainey began dancing with the Atlanta Ballet School where, at age 10, she was chosen by John McFall, director of Atlanta Ballet, to be featured in his world premier of Prisma alongside four of his company’s dancers. This performance led to her being featured in Dance magazine. Through continued training, she joined the Atlanta Ballet Company at age 15 where she had the great opportunity to tour London with John McFall’s Peter Pan and perform throughout the United States such classics as Balachine’s Allegro Brillante as well as Stanton Welch’s Garden of Mirth and Madame Butterfly.In 2004, she joined Texas Batter Theater under Ben Stevenson where over her 11 year tenure she enjoyed performing corps de ballet, soloist and principal roles such as Myrtha in Giselle, Sylvia Pas de Deux, and Theme and Variation, as well as represented Texas Ballet Theater at the grand opening of the Winspear Opera House performing Flames of Paris.
It was at Texas Ballet Theater that she met and danced alongside Chung-Lin and Enrica Tseng.
Over her career, Lainey has worked with world renowned directors, choreographers and teachers such as Violette Verdy, Fernando Bujones, Lila York, Margo Sappington, Jonathan Watkins, Mark Morris, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Patricia McBride, Robert Barnett, Sharon Story, Rosemary Miles, Li-Chou Cheng, as well as the terrific staffs at Jacobs Pillow, Mark Morris, Vail International, Atlanta Ballet and Texas Ballet Theater. She’s enjoyed performing in amazing works like Carmina Burana, Steven Mill’s Hamlet, Septime Weber’s Carmen, Michael Pink’s Romeo & Juliet and Dracula, many world renowned works by Ben Stevenson, such as Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Coppélia, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Cleopatra, Peer Gynt, and Four Last Songs and many Balanchine classics including Serenade, Symphony in C, Rubies, Concerto Barocco, and Apollo, among others.
With years of performing experience and training in classical, neoclassical, and contemporary dance as well as the syllabuses and style of Vaganova, Cecchetti, RAD, and Balanchine, Lainey retired from the stage in 2015 and is thrilled to reconnect with Chung-Lin and Enrica Tseng by joining Ballet Frontier as the Assistant Artistic Director. She is excited to pass down her wide range of experience and style to the next generation of dancers.
Ms. Tseng is from Italy, where she began her training studying classical ballet with teachers such as Mr. Erik Bruhn, Ms. Yvette Chauvire’, Mr. Bruno Telloli, Mr. Ricardo Nunez and Ms. Ekaterina Maximova.
Ms. Tseng started her professional career in Italy where she danced with Teatro Comunale of Florence, Teatro Regio of Torino, and Teatro Nuovo of Torino. In 1990 , she accepted an offer from Mr. Roy Tobias to join the Universal Ballet Company of Seoul. She was quickly offered soloist roles and achieved the rank of Ballerina when she was chosen to perform the leading role in the Marinsky Theatre production of Swan Lake.
In 1998, she was offered a contract as Principal Dancer with Texas Ballet Theater and she has been featured in all the principal roles of the company repertoire. Under the inspirational artistic direction of Mr. Ben Stevenson, Enrica has being given the chance to perform in some of the most beautiful masterpieces in the ballet repertoire. In September 2006, she received a special award as a "Distinguished Italian Artist in the World" from the jury of the LericiPea, in Italy. Enrica retired from the stage on April 2008 after a successful career with Texas Ballet Theatre and she was once more awarded the "Dancer of Year" by her colleagues.
In September 2005, Ms. Enrica Guana Tseng and her husband Mr. Chung-Lin Tseng opened the Ballet Center of Fort Worth, where they pass on their talents, passion, and artistry to the future generation of dancers . Mrs. Tseng was just recently invited to teach one of the Master Classes at the Star of Canaan Dance Competition 2015 and 2016 in Hong Kong.