MISSISSAUGA, Canada—Award-winning journalist and author Mike Toth had a wonderful time at Shen Yun Performing Arts’ opening show at the Living Arts Centre on Dec. 20.
Mr. Toth, who attended the sold-out show with his wife, Edna, found Shen Yun thoroughly entertaining.
“Very enjoyable, extremely colourful, very well choreographed,” he said.
“Much more than a dance performance—it was a complete show.”
Mr. Toth, a legendary sportswriter and former editor of The Mississauga News, authored the book Birth to Millennium: Mississauga’s Sports Heritage and was named Canada’s Sportswriter of the Year in 1978.
An accomplished member of the Mississauga Sports Hall of Fame, he had generous praise for Shen Yun’s dancers as he gave recognition to their ability.
“Very accomplished,” he said, adding, “They were great dancers, … professional, in one word.”
New York-based Shen Yun is a world-renowned classical Chinese dance and music company. Formed in 2006, its mission is to revive 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture through the performing arts.
According to the Shen Yun website, classical Chinese dance is “one of the most comprehensive dance systems in the world.”
“It has become a complete system of dance embodying traditional aesthetic principles with its unique dance movements, rhythms, and inner meaning,” the website states.
Along with its three main parts—bearing, form, and technical skill—classical Chinese dance also includes training in movements, postures, and jumping, tumbling, and other difficult techniques. Combined, these elements lend to the dance style’s rich expressivity.
“We both enjoyed it very much,” Mr. Toth said, adding that he would come again next year and will recommend Shen Yun to his friends.
With reporting by Allen Zhou and Justina Wheale.
New York-based Shen Yun has three companies that tour the world each year on a mission to revive 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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