Fan Dancer: Shen Yun ‘takes my breath away’

Epoch Times Staff
Created: January 9, 2013 Last Updated: January 11, 2013
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ATLANTA—Rebecca Service is a dancer, a PR agent for a circus, and an art dealer. She saw Shen Yun Performing Arts Jan. 8 at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre.

“I think it’s really beautiful, flawlessly done. Everyone is just so exact, and the choreography—it takes my breath away to see such a beautiful performance,” she said.

Ms. Service is a professional fan dancer. She enjoyed watching Shen Yun’s dancers use different traditional Chinese props.

“I really liked the sleeve dancing and the execution of the way they were able to catch it and drape it in certain areas to catch a certain effect. Also the spinning, I do fan dancing, I do a lot of spinning, but [this is] just at a higher angle so it’s more towards the crowd. I’m definitely going to incorporate that into my future dances. I think they are fantastic,” she said.

New York-based Shen Yun incorporate orchestral music (with both traditional Chinese and western instruments), classical Chinese dance, and digitally projected backdrops, to give the audience “a presentation of traditional Chinese culture as it once was: a study in grace, wisdom, and the virtues distilled from the five millennia of Chinese civilization,” the Shen Yun website states.

Ms. Service said Shen Yun’s dancers impressed her.

“I’m watching and I can’t see anything that a dancer needs to improve on, you know, like this dancer needs to watch your footing, this dancer needs to, you know, have more eye contact, everybody is just so spot on,” she said.

Reporting by NTD Television and Sarah Matheson.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’ International Company will be in Fort Lauderdale from Jan. 11 to Jan. 13. For more information, visit

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