Southwest Youth Ballet Theatre Inc. copyright 2007-2018
Southwest Youth Ballet Theatre Inc. is dedicated to the development and advancement of ballet
students ages 13-18 years of age who aspire to a professional career in ballet. Southwest Youth
Ballet Theatre Inc. not only provides excellence in pre-professional training and achievement in
artistry, SWYBT also provides a variety of educational outreach and community outreach programs
for the enrichment of our communities. Southwest Youth Ballet Theatre Inc. receives its artistic
guidance from a renowned principal dancer, Yen-Li Chen, who serves as the Artistic Director.
Yen-Li Chen's dancing has been praised by critics and audiences from Asia to
South America and throughout the United States. She has been an invited
guest artist at the Festival International de Caracas - Venezuela, The Santiago
international Festival - Chile, in Taipei, Taiwan and at several dance
companies across North America. A remarkable mastery of technique and
artistry in both classical and contemporary repertory has earned Ms. Chen
accolades of audiences throughout the world. Her repertory includes title roles
in Giselle, Coppelia, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, the Nutcracker and
numerous others. Ms. Chen has thrilled Arizona audiences since 1992. Ms. Chen
brings the same passion and artistry of her dancing into the classroom as a
master teacher. She has guest taught at numerous ballet schools in Taiwan,
Texas, Oregon, Arizona and California. In Taiwan, her early training in
Vaganova and other ballet techniques has served her well as a dancer and a
teacher. Ms. Chen currently resides in Chandler, Arizona with her husband
and former Ballet Arizona principal dancer, Qisheng Zhang, and their two
Our Mission is:
"To inspire dreams, participation, community and excellence through the gift of dance."
Yen-Li Chen - Artistic Director
Mary Madine - President
Qisheng Zhang - Vice President
Alexis Montiel - Secretary
Stephanie Boucher - Treasurer, Costume Mistress
Ski Taniguchi - At Large, Company Photographer
Ed Stock - At Large
Kelly Peloquin - At Large
Board of Directors