Gene Chua began his dance training with David Shields, former soloist with Sadler Wells and principal dancer with Royal Winnipeg Ballet. He danced with Boston Ballet, dancing in classic ballets such as Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Rudolph Nureyev's Don Quixote. Gene later joined Omaha Ballet, performing principal roles in classical ballets, including: Coppelia; Bournonville's Konservatoriet, Kermesse en Bruges; Napoli; Raymonda; Nutcracker; and Paquita. Contemporary works included Balanchine's Allegro Brilliante; the Thief in Lew Christensen's Con Amore; Puck in Bruce Wells' Midsummer Night's Dream; Loyce Houlton's Carmina Burana; Ze'eva Cohen's Out of Wilderness; and Sal Aiello's Clowns.
Gene has a BS and MS in Plasma Physics from MIT and an MBA from Washington University. He was a consultant with Ernst & Young and Deloitte & Touche, and was also Director of Program Management with U.S. Cellular, where his team managed the complex multi-year plan culminating in the launch of U.S. Cellular's easyedge suite of wireless data services.
Gene and wife Aimee Tye, an HPSD Associate Artistic Director and ballet instructor, are co-founders of Tye Chua Dance. When they’re not in the ballet studio, they love playing with their son and pack of dogs.