Star principal dancer Chad Chen is one of Shen Yun’s most dynamic performers. He has captivated audiences in roles such as the loyal general Yue Fei, the immortal poet Li Bai, and a fearless Mongolian cavalry leader. “The same movement can be used for combat or dance,” Chen says. “That’s why in Chinese, ‘martial arts’ and ‘dance’ are both pronounced—‘wu’. This is a hidden gem.”Chen is the three-time winner of New Tang Dynasty Television’s International Classical Chinese Dance Competition. Originally from Taiwan, he moved to New York to study classical Chinese dance at Fei Tian Academy of the Arts and Fei Tian College, where he also excelled academically. In addition to starring in principal roles, in recent years he has also begun choreographing.