Pioneer of Women Studies Program Deeply Moved by Lyrics

Epoch Times Staff Created: December 29, 2012 Last Updated: December 30, 2012
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HOUSTON—Sharon Davie, director and founder of The Women’s Center at the University of Virginia, said she thought Shen Yun Performing Arts was marvelous, at the matinee on Dec. 29 at Jones Hall for Performing Arts in Houston. She was visiting family in Texas.

“It was really wonderful, it was surprising, and it was touching!” said Mrs. Davie.
Mrs. Davie, a recipient of the National Women’s Studies Association’s 2011 Founders Award—one of the highest honors of the National Women’s Studies Association Women’s Center Committee, said that the lyrics brought tears to her eyes.

“I was moved by the songs particularly about the spirit inside oneself,” said Mrs. Davie. 

Bel canto vocalists perform solos with piano. All of Shen Yun’s lyrics are original compositions brimming with philosophical reflection about human life and deep layers of meaning, according to Shen Yun’s website.

The dancing was just spectacular, it was so ‘whole’—it was like looking at a ‘whole’ of color, movement, and music all at once.

—Sharon Davie

“Sometimes I am very aware of and sometimes I’m not—the search that people have for meaning,” said Mrs. Davie, who said she found that the meaning and the spirit are already “right inside ourselves.”

“We try and try—but it is more of becoming aware of what we already are,” said Mrs. Davie.

“The dancing was just spectacular, it was so ‘whole’—it was like looking at a ‘whole’ of color, movement, and music all at once. It was so nice,” said Mrs. Davie. 

The New York-based company’s mission is to revive 5,000 years of Chinese culture through traditional art forms like classical Chinese dance and music. Every year, according to Shen Yun’s website, the company “unveils an entirely new lineup of dances, songs, and musical scores.”

Mrs. Davie’s recently authored, “University and College Women’s Centers: A Journey toward Equity.” A colleague once wrote of Mrs. Davie, that, “Her professional brilliance, scholastic acumen and unique sensitivity to others have been profoundly evident in her teaching and research endeavors at U.Va, as well as in her service to the people of Kenya and El Salvador,” according to the UVA Today website. 

Mrs. Davie won a Fulbright Senior Specialist grant for 2006-2011, which enabled her to be a visiting scholar at the new African Women’s Studies Center at the University of Nairobi in 2010, and she has also taken students to El Salvador several times and with photographer Peggy Harrison. 

Mrs. Davie created a traveling exhibit with interviews to tell a compelling story of the courage of Salvadoran women and their communities, according to UVA Today.

Reporting by NTD 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 in Houston through January 1. For more information, visit

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