Chen Ailian, virtuoso dancer and choreographer, was born in 1939 in Shanghai. She graduated from Beijing Dance School and went on to teach at the Beijing College of Dancing, Nan Kai University, and Hainan University. As a performer, she held the position of chief dancer and actress at the China Opera and Dancing House as well as chief dancer of the Chinese Artistic delegation to over a dozen countries.
Chen is also the founder and Head of the Chen Ailian Artistic Troupe, which is the first non-governmental performing organization in China, and has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Chinese Dancers' Association.
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