“So far I really like it, it's very colorful, bright and the dancers are great. … I didn't expect so much liveliness … I really like it,” she said at intermission.
Classical Chinese dance has a vast training system and is still mostly new to the West. According to Shen Yun’s website, it carries the essence of Chinese cultural expression in its movements, postures, and aesthetics.
Ms. Armstrong understood that saying she could see classical Chinese dance “was not just a lot of jumping around.”
New York-based Shen Yun has a mission to revive China’s ancient traditional values through a series of short story-based dances beginning from the creation of earth to the world’s current degeneration portrayed in the final scene.
“I like that they're bringing in their history, as well as the modern day,” Ms. Armstrong said. She will be recommending the show to others.
But for now, she is just appreciating “being with my friend and looking at all the different colors; and it’s fun. I'm enjoying it,” she said.
Reporting by Valerie Avore and Raiatea Tahana-Reese.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts is one of three companies simultaneously touring the world. For more information visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org