TORONTO—Shen Yun Performing Arts opened Justin Raymond to the beauty of classical Chinese dance at its first show at Sony Centre for Performing Arts. Mr. Raymond is president of Hailo Toronto.
“I really enjoyed it,” he said during the intermission.
“Tremendous costumes, beautiful dance, beautiful view into the Chinese culture. Love it,” said Mr. Raymond.
Shen Yun performs mainly classical Chinese dance, a dance form passed down and enriched within China for thousands of years, up until the communist revolution. Like other forms of traditional culture, classical Chinese dance was fundamentally changed during the Cultural Revolution from 1966 to 1976.
Shen Yun was founded on a mission to revive China’s divinely inspired Chinese culture.
Hailo is a new app for Apple and Android phones that lets users flag taxis to their exact location, and can be set up for automatic payment. The company pre-approves each taxi driver individually. Hailo is available in London, Chicago, Boston, and other cities.
Rob Woodruff, Mr. Raymond’s father-in-law, echoed his son-in-law’s sentiments about Shen Yun.
“It’s a great glimpse of Chinese culture. Very much enjoying it,” he said.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Following 21 successful shows Dec. 20-Jan. 13 in Mississauga, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Hamilton, Shen Yun’s New York Company will play five shows in Toronto Jan. 17-20, completing its tour of eastern Canada. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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