Couple Finds Shen Yun: Breathtaking, Spellbinding, Fabulous

Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 7, 2013 Last Updated: February 7, 2013
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Jim and Yaya Smock attend Shen Yun Performing Arts at Clowes Memorial Hall in Indianapolis. (Valerie Avore/The Epoch Times)

Jim and Yaya Smock attend Shen Yun Performing Arts at Clowes Memorial Hall in Indianapolis. (Valerie Avore/The Epoch Times)

INDIANAPOLIS—“I found the show to be breathtaking, … simply fabulous, that’s the right word for it,” said Jim Smock, after attending Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company at Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University.

Jim’s wife, Yaya, had seen the show advertised and made the decision to see the New York-based company. Shen Yun’s mission is to revive 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese culture through classical Chinese dance and music, according to the company’s website.

“Looks fantastic, so let’s go see it,” she explained and was very happy that the advertisement’s promises were fulfilled: “It’s spectacular; I love it—the show,” she said after the Feb. 6 performance. She summed up the show as spellbinding.

Both Smocks were impressed with the classical Chinese dance, a distinct and comprehensive system of dance which requires rigorous training of the dancers.

“It’s my first time seeing any classical performance of Chinese dancers. I love the girls. They look like they’re floating. It’s fabulous,” Mrs. Smock said.

Mr. Smock, general manager of Doubletree Suites by Hilton, agreed: “The dancing is great. The moves that they make are fantastic. All the females [dancers] … they walk on the stage as if they’re floating on air, you don’t even realize they’re walking.”

The orchestra is another feature that distinguishes Shen Yun. It is comprised of both Western instruments, which give it a lush, full sound, and Chinese instruments, which carry the melody and characterize the flavor.

“I think it was great,” Mr. Smock said of the orchestra. “You definitely hear the oriental flair to all of the songs.”

Would the couple recommend Shen Yun? “I’d say it’s a great way to spend an evening,” Mr. Smock said. “I would highly recommend it.”

With reporting by Valerie Avore and Sharon Kilarski.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit

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