Artist: Shen Yun ‘Very Touching’

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Created: January 3, 2013 Last Updated: January 3, 2013
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Laurie Brown attended Shen Yun Performing Arts in Dallas at the Winspear Opera House with her family on Jan. 2. (Sally Sun/The Epoch Times)

Laurie Brown attended Shen Yun Performing Arts in Dallas at the Winspear Opera House with her family on Jan. 2. (Sally Sun/The Epoch Times)

DALLAS—“Artistically, the integrity was beautiful,” Ms. Laurie Brown, an artist, said of Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas on Jan. 2.

Established in 2006 with the mission of reviving traditional Chinese culture, New York-based Shen Yun presents this culture through “sophisticated dance techniques, an orchestra joining instruments East and West, beautiful costumes, and a stunning back drop,” as the website reads.

Ms. Brown, a jewelry and perfume maker, says she also majored in theater and has a sense for the stage.

“The composition of the stage was beautiful,” Ms. Brown said. “I thought the show was visually beautiful, I thought that the talent was there, the dancers were really good.”

Ms. Brown said she loved Shen Yun’s animated digital backdrop, which transports the audience to a magical world. It might show a celestial palace in one scene and a riverside in the next.

“The costumes were beautiful,” Ms. Brown said. The “star speckled” skirts of the female dancers in Phoenix Fairies caught her eye. “I love the way the color variegated on the clothes, where it was darker on the bottom and went lighter, lighter, lighter, and the combination of sparkles—the sparkles on the back with the straightness of the skirt. It was beautiful visually when they were moving. They really caught the light well.”

Shen Yun’s dances tell stories from the earliest dynasties to China today. In An Unexpected Encounter, tourists visiting China stumble upon the persecution of the spiritual faith Falun Dafa. The practice, like other things embedded with traditional Chinese values, is not permitted under China’s current regime.

“I almost cried, because it was very meaningful to me. It was very real,” Ms. Brown said. “I thought it told a very touching story of how the artists in [China] have to leave to express themselves.”

“It says to me that the Chinese people are not the Chinese government,” Ms. Brown said. “It’s time for the people who are correct-thinking, with balance, honesty, truthfulness, responsibility, kindness, empathy—all of those things that I believe in.”

Reporting by Sally Sun and Catherine Yang.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’s International Company will be performing in Dallas through Jan. 3. For more information, visit

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  • mrsL

    Is anyone upset about the public urination or flashing in front of young children? Seems to me the teacher has a right to be upset about that.

    • Ava

      It’s okay to be upset about that but why was the racism and N-word used? This guy got what was coming to him and he should be fired.

    • Kelly Driskill

      True enough im no member of the aclu or naacp but it seems the action itself was condemning enough without bring into discussion subjects of race and socio-economic disadvantage…guys prolly not some closet racist but certainly seems very elitest like those people in posh neighborhoods that put up no trick or treating signs…nice of him not to”mind” the presence of black kids in his neighborhood though very progressively minded to allow poor underprivileged black youth their right to lifeliberty and pursuit of happiness in his vaunted presence. .

  • CAliQueen

    @mrsL To answer your question, yes I would be upset If these allegations about the “young man” were true. He should be charged with indecent exposure or public sexual indecency around a minor. However I am not inclined to believe that the racist rants of this man are true. We don’t have proof that this incident ever took place, but we do have proof that there is an angry racist teacher who slipped through the cracks. That upsets me!

    • mrsL

      Why would any one rant about such a thing of it weren’t true? Look, I don’t think he should have phrased this the way he did, and he obviously should pay more attention to who reads his Facebook page. But I think we can get into some scary times when a teacher can be fired for exercising free speech in his private life.

      • MrDutch

        I’s D. Spondike, believe it, he should be fired, not the first time he went totally beserk…

        • mrsL

          If people could be tired for going totally beserk on a facebook page, half the country would be unemployed, or at least the half that still has a job!

      • CAliQueen

        The fact that we live in a world with people like Sondike who are full of hatred and anger is just one reason why someone would rant in such a manner. Anyone who harbors ill will towards a person based on the color of ones skin isn’t a credible source when seeking the truth. That’s just my opinion. I understand that you feel David Spondike is entitled to use the “N” word (freedom of speech) out of anger, as many people do but this teacher has a history of angry violent outburst, for that alone he should be fired. Would you feel safe with a man like that around your children? I guess him loosing his cool, cursing and throwing chairs in front influential children was merely his freedom of expression.

  • anonymous

    Dr. spondike recorded this RIDICULOUS response video claiming that he wasnt the one who posted it, but a young boy who happened to be at his home “handing out candy” that night. Take a look


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