Szewai Lee was awarded a LinkUP Residency in 2007/08.
Growing up in Hong Kong, a tiny yet lively city that is packed with fast moving people, cars and high-rises, Szewai (C-Y) Lee fell in love with dance at an early age as she found freedom on the dance floor and a creative outlet for everyday stress. In the process of perfecting her pirouettes and jumps, she discovered that dance is not only a visually stunning art form, but also a practice of self-discipline, patience, courage and being in the moment. The ultimate joy of dance lies in these discoveries. Szewai feels grateful to be able to share the joy of dance and to inspire people to make such discoveries themselves on a day to day basis.
Graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BA in Dance, Szewai is trained in a variety of dance forms including ballet, modern, jazz, ballroom and Latin. She has been teaching ballroom dance since 2006. In 2009, she co-founded Ballroom Dance Chicago and grew it to become the city’s top-rated ballroom dance studio. And in 2013, she founded Duet Dance Studio as she continues to spread the joy and benefits of partner dancing to the world.