Chung- Lin Tseng
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.