Li-Chou Cheng was born in Shanghai, China. He started his professional training when he was thirteen at the Beijing Dance Academy, the first national dance school in China built by Chinese government with Vaganova syllabus under Pyter Gushchev, the former artistic director of the Kirov Ballet’s direction. At the age of nineteen he joined the Beijing Central Ballet (the National Ballet of China) as a soloist. He also served as a Ballet Master and rehearsal director for the company from 1970 till he left from this country. After immigrating to the United States in 1980 he held position as Assistant Professor at the University of Utah and Arizona State University for six years. In 1988, he was invited by Bruce Marks to join Boston Ballet as a Principal Teacher for both the Boston Ballet Company and Boston Ballet Academy.
Mr. Cheng was the Ballet Master in Residence at TCU from 1990-2005 at which time he was promoted to Professor of Professional Practice in Ballet and Modern Dance. In demand nationwide as a master teacher, he has frequently worked with many ballet companies and their summer dance programs. These programs include Boston Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Ballet West, Ballet Met, Ballet Austin, Indianapolis Ballet, Eugene Ballet, Ballet Oregon, North Carolina School of the Arts, Walnut Hill School of Arts, University of Iowa, University of Wisconsin and Bucknell University. His international teaching experience includes the National Ballet of Canada, Mexico’s National Institute of Arts, Taipei National University of Arts, Taiwan Cloud Gate Dance Company, Taipei Dance Forum and Pen-Wa School of Ballet in Macau. He was invited as a Master teacher work for both the America College Dance Festival Association and the America Regional Ballet Festival.
Mr. Cheng’s choreographic works have been staged for TCU and other professional school summer dance programs, He has also restaged classical ballets and pas de deux as well. He has been an adjudicator for the Southeast Regional Ballet Competition and was served as the member of the Grant Panelist for Ft. Worth Arts Council in 2001-2004. He received the Larry White Dance Educator Award from the Dance Council in 2007.