Dance Student Found Shen Yun ‘Breathtaking to watch’

By Leigh Smith
Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 15, 2013 Last Updated: February 16, 2013
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CANBERRA—Shen Yun Performing Arts opened to a packed house at the Canberra Theatre in Australia’s capital city on Friday, Feb. 15.

Manon Collins, a secondary school student, came to see the New York-based company with her family, who love theatre, music, and dance.

Shen Yun is often referred to as the world’s premier classical Chinese dance company. Spanning thousands of years and passed down continuously through the imperial court, classical Chinese dance is one of the richest forms of dance in the world today.

Ms. Collins learns classical ballet, and was very impressed by the ability and dedication of the dancers. Classical Chinese dance consists of bearing, form, and techniques.

“It’s was so cool; I don’t do anything as cool as that … ,” she said. “It was really elegant and they were throwing themselves into jumps; that was just breathtaking to watch.”

The hand-made, ornately decorated costumes with their delicate fabrics also caught Ms. Collins’ eye. She said they were “really bright, I loved them all.”

She felt the dancers use the costumes as an extension of themselves, and liked how the costumes matched the dances.

“They just display the type of dancing they are trying to do really well,” she said. “I loved the colours and the costumes, and the interacting with the audience.”

After seeing the show, Ms. Collins was inspired to put a lot more effort into her own dance training.

“I can imagine it’s very hard—seeing I do it and I find what I do very hard—so that would be like triple what I do.”

Manon’s mother, Mrs. Belinda Collins, also enjoyed the show. “I love the variety of the changing acts, and the costumes are amazing,” she said, adding that she found it interesting seeing the ethnic and folk dances from the different regions.

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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