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Published: January 1, 2007
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25 to Watch: Peng-Yu Chen

By Rachel Straus

American friends refer to her as Pong. And at 5’2″ this Taiwanese-born dancer, who performs with American Repertory Ballet, has a nickname that matches her explosive talent. With a daredevil defiance of gravity and sinuous, snappy movements, Peng-Yu Chen is a young artist whose training in ballet, folk dance, and modern endows her with sophistication beyond her 25 years. After graduating from Purchase College Conservatory of Dance in 2003, she won a place in ARB-contingent upon her ability to master pointework, which she had only begun studying as a college dance major. This season catch Chen’s spirited dancing in artistic director Graham Lustig’s VISTA, Twyla Tharp’s Baker’s Dozen, and in the role of Marie in ARB’s Nutcracker. Pong’s performances will make you believe the adage “anything is possible.”

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