DALLAS— After dinner at the Petroleum Club, Mrs. Beth Weems Pirtle, a Spectacular Senior Follies performer, attended Shen Yun Performing Arts with her daughter on Jan. 4. Mrs. Pirtle said that she enjoyed watching “the beautiful girls dancing.”
Mrs. Pirtle and her husband participate in the Spectacular Senior Follies, which has a cast of a hundred people over 55 years old who perform big band music and music of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. “I enjoy things on the stage,” said Mrs. Pirtle. She has served as a teacher to deaf children, and been president of several organizations. She won Ms. Texas Senior America of 2003, and was runner-up the same year as Ms. America Senior.
Mrs. Pirtle is a member of The United Nations Association and said that she loves international affairs. “I wanted to support this endeavor. I love it,” she said.
Mrs. Pirtle said Shen Yun’s mission inspired her. “To keep the culture going—that’s what I read about this performance.”
Shen Yun presents classical Chinese music and dance. Established in 2006, Shen Yun’s mission is to revive the 5,000 year-old divinely inspired culture. “A performance by Shen Yun is 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,” according to its website.
“I love the arts, music, and dance,” she said. “I love the precision—oh my! The precision of all of it has been wonderful,” Mrs. Pirtle said.
According to Shen Yun’s website, classical Chinese dance is rich with expressive power.
“Through expression of bearing and form, beautiful dance movements bring out the inner meaning of intrinsic thoughts and feelings,” it states.
Reporting by Sally Sun and Kelly Ni.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’s International Company will be performing at Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre through Jan. 6 and Fox Theatre Jan. 8-9. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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