Shang-Jen Yuan started his ballet education in Vaganova Method from age ten to eighteen with Lanyang Dance Troupe and Imperial 11 Ballet. He graduated with a First-Class Honours degree (BFA) from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2009, majoring in ballet and choreography. During his study at the Academy, Yuan was awarded several grants, including a dance fellowship in New York from the Asian Cultural Council, a scholarship from the Bolshoi Theatre to study at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in 2009, and the HKAPA Full-Scholarship for three consecutive years. Then in 2019, Yuan received his second bachelor's degree in Contemporary Dance - Stage Dance/Performance/Pedagogy from the Anton Bruckner Private University, Austria. Yuan will soon receive his master's degree in dance pedagogy in the summer of 2021 from Anton Bruckner Private University.
Yuan has worked as a full-time dancer, soloist dancer, and principal dancer with National Ballet of Portugal, Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, Bremerhaven Ballet in Germany, and TANZLIN.Z in Austria. During his professional dance career, he has collaborated with renowned choreographers internationally. He has participated in numerous famous dance pieces such as 'Pearl,' 'Kathleen' by Ed Wubbe, 'Beautiful Freak' by Marco Goecke, 'Noite de Ronda' by Olga Roriz, 'Enemy in the Figure' by William Forsythe, 'Paganini Variations' by Christopher Hampson, 'Boléro' by Maurice Béjart, 'Milky Way' and 'Legacy' by Lin Hwai Min, etc.
As a multimedia designer, Yuan has been awarded prizes for the following; 'Connected' was awarded 'Special Awards for Chinese Dance Filmmakers' in the 4th Jumping Frames International Dance Video Competition in Hong Kong in 2010. 'Outleap' was awarded 'Special Prize' in Ork-Kota Platform 4.0 in Budapest, Hungary in 2013 and '3rd Prize' in Choreographic Captures in Munich, Germany in 2014. 'Deriva' Yuan's collaborative work with Portuguese choreographer Clara Andermatt and composer Bernardo Sassetti was invited to attend the 24th Mediawave Festival in Hungary in 2014 and the 7th International Videoart Festival - Proyector in Madrid, Spain in 2014.
Yuan's dance choreography, 'The Mind,' was awarded the prize for choreography in the National Creative Dance Competition in Taiwan in 2004.
In 2012 Yuan was invited by Seoul International Dance Festival in Seoul, South Korea as a resident artist in choreography and dance teacher.
In October 2012, Yuan was invited by the 3rd Busan International Dance Market to present his choreography 'Break.'
In 2013 Yuan was invited by Shin Dance Company in Busan, South Korea as a resident choreographer and guest teacher at the School of Dance, Pusan National University, South Korea.
In January 2013, Yuan was invited by SzólóDuó International Dance Festival to present his choreography 'Crack' in Budapest. Following this, in July 2013, he performed his choreography 'Dialogue' at the New Choreographer Project organized by MeimageDance in Taipei and Tainan, Taiwan.
Yuan was invited in January 2015 by Musica Viva to perform his choreography 'Skimming Strings' in Die Glocke Bremen, Germany. In July 2015, he was invited by Beijing International Ballet and Choreography Competition to present his choreographies at the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing, China.
In 2016 Yuan was invited as a resident artist by Seoul Dance Center, South Korea.
In 2016 Yuan's dance choreography, 'Flickers of Serenity' was awarded the 'Choreography Award' in the Korea International Modern Dance Competition in Seoul, South Korea.
In 2019 Yuan was invited as a guest teacher by Beijing Dance Academy, China.
In December 2019, Yuan was invited by the International Contemporary Dance Festival of Mexico City to present his choreography 'Dialogue.'
In 2021 Yuan was invited by the Florence Dance Festival to present his choreography 'Longitudinal Drift.'
In 2021 Yuan was invited as a guest teacher, choreographer, and stage director with Boris Eifman as the artistic director at Boris Eifman Dance Academy and Children's Dance Theater in Saint Petersburg and Sevastopol Academic Russian Drama Theater named A. Lunacharsky, Russia.
In 2021 Yuan was invited to present his choreography 'At the Edge of Perception' at the IX St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum.
In the summer of 2015, Yuan commenced work at his current engagement with TANZLIN.Z, Landerstheater Linz, in Austria under the direction of Mei-Hong Lin.