Mengjun Chen

Sponsored by Shirley and Stanley Kritzak

Mengjun Chen was born in Wenzhou, China. He began his ballet training at the Beijing Dance Academy. After graduating from the Academy in 2010, Chen attended the Joffrey Academy of Dance Trainee Program on a full scholarship. While in the program, he performed with the Joffrey Ballet Company on tour and in Chicago in The Nutcracker and The Merry Widow. In 2011, Mr. Chen joined the Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II Program, where he performed in Grand Pas Classique, Flower Festival and the roles of Wolf and Undead in Michael Pink’s Dracula. Since being promoted to Milwaukee Ballet Company, he has appeared as Benvolio in Romeo & Juliet, and Fritz and Spanish in The Nutcracker. Mr. Chen’s repertoire includes works by Michael Pink, Ronald Hynd, Lila York, Matthew Neenan, Alejandro Cerrudo, Gabrielle Lamb and Amy Seiwert. In 2014, he was a finalist in the USA International Ballet Competition held in Jackson, Miss. This is Mr. Chen’s fourth year as an Artist with Milwaukee Ballet.

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