Ivy Chen is the Artistic Director at DanceLova Dance Academy, Irvine. A former instructor and choreographer at Joffrey Ballet School, she is now putting her focus and artistry on mentoring her own team of instructors at DanceLova to nurture the next generation of dancers.
Ivy began her training in dance at the early age of 6 in Taiwan. She and the art of dance were an instant harmonious match. Her early training in Russian Vaganova Ballet, Modern dance, and cultural Chinese dance set the foundation for what was to become her major in her academic career as well as passion behind her lifelong work.
The continual growth of her love for dance, talent, and experience led her into the National Taiwan University of Arts, the same prestigious academy that produced the 78th and 85th Oscar Best Director award winner Ang Lee.
During her time in university, she was chosen to be one of the only two dance representatives for Taiwan’s national dance auditions for three consecutive years. Following her graduation in 2003, Ivy went on to perform ballet and contemporary dance for Rejoyce Contemporary Ballet Company as well as cultural dance for many dance companies around the world.
Her now more than eighteen collective years in the career of educating students of all age groups extend through her work experience in stage productions and dance institutions both in Asia and the United States, including Joffrey Ballet School.
In 2012, Ivy founded DanceLova Dance Academy in Irvine, CA to coach students while continuing her ever-growing passion for the art of dance.
Since then, under her artistic direction, her dance students have won awards at national competitions at the Elite level. Numerous of her graduating high school senior students have been admitted into the universities of their choice by pursuing their passion of dance as their major or minor, while others even entered Ivy League schools using dance as their strong extracurriculars. Her goal every day is to guide her already amazing team of DanceLova instructors to collectively provide the profound dance education that help all new generations of dancers follow their dreams.