ATLANTA—Melzie and Dianne Robinson attended the Shen Yun Performing Arts matinee on Jan. 6. Mr. Robinson is a business consultant at Paradigm Results in Atlanta, where he helps U.S businesses grow and develop strategies for their business. Mrs. Robinson is in real estate and investments.
Based in New York, Shen Yun presents 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture through classical Chinese dance and music.
“I thought it was awesome,” Mr. Robinson said. He brought his whole family of five and joked that he made an investment, and he bought Shen Yun books and CDs for his family.
Mr. Robinson said that he has a real affinity for Chinese culture. He values the rich traditional Chinese culture and spoke of of the ways the expansive Chinese culture touches his daily life. “We’ve been drinking Chinese herbal teas for twenty years … and I do a little bit of Tai Chi. So, we appreciate the Chinese culture and what it contributes in health and aesthetics,” he said, and mentioned that he had acupuncture last week for his back.
He first heard of Shen Yun online. His daughter saw the online advertising told her father that the show would be great. Mr. Robinson treated the whole family to Shen Yun. They also invited their son’s best friend.
“We loved it. It was historical and educational,” Mr. Robinson said.
Classical Chinese dance has a history of thousands of years. “It has become a complete system of dance embodying traditional aesthetic principles. Classical Chinese dance has three main components—bearing, form, and technical skill,” according to Shen Yun’s website.
Mr. Robinson said he would like to tell the dancers that their performance was “so graceful.”
“It was so elegant. It looked like swans going across,” Mrs. Robinson said.
Mr. Robinson said that the dancers had to do a lot of practice to perform so gracefully.
“People don’t realize how difficult those movements are and the leaps were huge! I mean they were up like, we were on the orchestra level and the way I could measure it was the height of the person—you could tell,” Mr. Robinson said, indicating a height near his forehead.
He said he was stunned at the dancers’ athletic ability and grace. Mr. Robinson said he was in awe of “the power that they had to have.”
“We really enjoyed it,” Mrs. Robinson said. She thought the performance was elegant and was touched by the divinely inspired Chinese culture. “The culture—I just loved the way they presented themselves,” she said.
Mrs. Robinson said she has practiced yoga for 12 years and identified with the hard work that does into practicing and perfecting. “It’s a practice and constantly,” she said, as she described her appreciation for the dancers’ hard work that looks effortless and elegant.
Reporting by Mary Silver 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 at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre from Jan. 8-9. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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