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Mother and Daughter, Both Dancers, Find Shen Yun ‘Incredibly Inspiring’


Epoch Times Staff
Created: January 5, 2013 Last Updated: January 6, 2013
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Mari Baker and her daughter attend Shen Yun Performing Arts in Atlanta. Mrs. Baker said the entire performance was extraordinarily beautiful. (Mary Silver/The Epoch Times)

Mari Baker and her daughter attend Shen Yun Performing Arts in Atlanta. Mrs. Baker said the entire performance was extraordinarily beautiful. (Mary Silver/The Epoch Times)

ATLANTA—Mrs. Mari Baker enjoyed Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Cobb Energy Centre on Jan. 5 with her young daughter.

Dance is an important part of both mother and daughter’s lives, according to Mrs. Baker. They have studied and practiced Middle Eastern Dancing, Chinese Dance, and Highland line dancing.

New York-based Shen Yun “was incredibly inspiring,” said Mrs. Baker. 

The company travels the world reviving the 5,000 year old, divinely inspired Chinese culture.

“Do you enjoy beautiful costumes, exciting music and high-flying dance techniques? Then you will certainly enjoy our performances! Not only that, but the universal themes of compassion, courage, spirituality and hope are hallmarks of Shen Yun,” according to the company’s website.

The performance brought back emotions for Mrs. Baker. “I studied Chinese sleeve dancing when I was younger, and seeing this brought back all those feeling, how that way of dancing felt,” she said with a radiant smile.

The best part for her young daughter was the comedy, she said, especially the dance When Shaolin Monks Protected the Emperor.

In that dance, “Buddhist monks are honing their fighting skills,” according to the program. “During a brief respite, one of them is distracted by a rabbit and leads his fellow monks in a merry chase.”

Mrs. Baker said the entire performance was extraordinarily beautiful, and the intervals of comedy made it more accessible for children. 

She said to her child, “We have a long drive home.” They traveled to Atlanta from Athens, home of the University of Georgia. It’s an hour and a half away.

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 Jan. 5-6, and at Fox Theatre from Jan. 8-9. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

 

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