Russian Dancer Revisits Shen Yun

Epoch Times Staff
Created: January 1, 2013 Last Updated: January 2, 2013
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HOUSTON—Mrs. Oksana Chernyuk, owner, performer, artistic director, choreographer, and costume designer of Sunrise Dance Company, saw Shen Yun Performing Arts at Jones Hall for Performing Arts for the second year in a row. “I don’t know why but this year it is just—BOOM,” Mrs. Chernyuk said, speaking of the 2013 performance. The company mounts a complete new show for each year’s international tour.

Mrs. Chernyuk said that as members of her dance company prepare for their next project, the Lion King, attending Shen Yun gives them energy and inspires them.

“Those dancers, [and their] flips—everything is so beautiful,” Mrs. Chernyuk said.

She wants her dance students to see Shen Yun. “We are going to send our kids to this show so they can grow,” Mrs. Chernyuk said.

Touched by the performance, Mrs. Chernyuk said, “Lets start this New Year with this wonderful show.” She said she will definitely “come back again.”

Based in New York, Shen Yun presents colorful and exhilarating performances of classical Chinese dance and music.

Mrs. Chernyuk owns the only Russian dance school in Houston. She said Shen Yun inspires her dance company “so much.”

Mrs. Chernyuk was born in Odessa near the Black Sea and began her ballet training at 4 years old. She graduated from ballet and art school, and toured with a professional folk dance company in North Africa, Europe, Ukraine, and Russia, where she earned a great reputation as a performer and choreographer. Mrs. Chernyuk has performed at all the top venues in Houston, including Jones Hall.

‘It is full of energy’

Mrs. Misha Perty, who teaches jazz and contemporary modern dance said, “The show was amazing.”

She admired the visual aspect and the emotional expressiveness of the performance. “It is full of energy. The costumes are amazing,” Mrs. Perty said, adding that she was moved by “everything.”

“This is my first year seeing the show and it was absolutely beautiful. I love the jumps,” Mrs. Perty said.

Classical Chinese dance has three main parts: bearing, form, and technical skill. “Other than complete training in the fundamentals, it also entails systematic training in movements and postures, as well as very difficult jumping and tumbling techniques,” according to Shen Yun’s website.

Reporting by NTD Television 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 Dallas Jan. 2-3. For more information, visit

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