ATLANTA—As a former performer with a dance company, dance teacher and college athlete, Pam Benton had special appreciation for the artistry of Shen Yun Performing Arts.
“It was excellent, and it was a birthday gift from my sister to me!” said Ms. Benton, a former physical education and dance teacher, at the Cobb Energy Centre matinee on Jan. 6 in Atlanta.
“We enjoyed it, excellent,” said Ms. Brown-Cato, an ESOL specialist. “I couldn’t think of a better gift to give her.”
For the sisters, attending Shen Yun Performing Arts will now be a tradition.
New York-based Shen Yun has three equally large companies touring the world, reviving 5,000 years of Chinese civilization on stage through the arts.
“Culture is our thing, we travel a lot,” Ms. Brown-Cato said.
Ms. Brown-Cato came across a leaflet for Shen Yun and researched it online. “This would be an excellent gift, I want to go and I would love to take her with me,” she had said. “And we’ll be coming from now on.”
Shen Yun’s performances include bel canto style singing by solo vocalists performing original Chinese pieces, classical Chinese dance, and ethnic and folk dances.
“China has 55 officially recognized ethnic minorities, and their distinct ways of life reflect discrepancies in local topography, climate, and religious tradition,” reads Shen Yun’s website. “It is no surprise that these factors are also deeply embedded into each ethnicity’s dance style.”
Ms. Benton, who taught many different types of dancing, enjoyed the performances.
“We’ll be back next year, and this will be a yearly event we’ll be attending from this day forward. Excellent,” Ms. Brown-Cato said. “In fact, I purchased a CD so I can listen to it in my car.”
Reporting by Mary Silver and Catherine Yang.
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 Fox Theatre from Jan. 8-9 For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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