KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Sisters Ashton Price, a college graduate, and Mallory Price, a homeschool student, attended Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts on Jan. 22. Both sisters are dancers.
“I love Chinese culture, and I love Chinese people,” Mallory said. “Then, we love the dances.” The two combined together in Shen Yun are perfect, she said.
Mallory said Shen Yun is “a show of great excellence in showing a culture,” through the arts and in bringing the rich Chinese culture and history into a performance for others to enjoy.
Both sisters have been dancing since they were each 3 years old. Ashton has been dancing for almost 17 years and Mallory has been dancing for almost 14 years.
Ashton said that she liked the way that the Shen Yun dancers walk and carry themselves across the stage. “It’s different in that they float,” she said, adding that in ballet the dancers would do a long stretch to run.
“I thought that was really pretty how they were just able to glide across the stage. That was really cool,” Ashton said.
Shen Yun is “a show of great excellence in showing a culture,” Mallory said.
Ashton especially liked the Shen Yun costumes. “Most of the costumes were floor length dresses…they were able to use them like props. They were able to incorporate other things rather than just their bodies,” she said.
The sisters’ mom said that she was amazed by Shen Yun’s costumes and said that the dancers lines in their spacing was “just incredible.”
Ashton said that her dance teachers always tell them to be in their spot on stage, “making sure our markings were correct—same distances apart—they have markings” to ensure that Ashton and her fellow dancers are where they were supposed to be.
She said she found it interesting that the Shen Yun dancers were changing into a new formation every four counts.
“Their formation didn’t stay stagnant,” she said. “It’s very challenging to get that many people to gather at the same time and same place each time—it is very challenging,” Ashton said.
Reporting by Stacey Tang and Kelly Ni
Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company will have one more performance in Kansas City on Jan. 23. Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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