Shen Yun Inspires Writer

‘It reminds me of dancing flowers’

Epoch Times Staff
Created: January 16, 2013 Last Updated: January 17, 2013
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ORLANDO, Fla.—The Bob Carr Performing Arts Center is hosting Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company. Ms. Amera Douglas, writer, poet, and mental health therapist, said she was inspired by the Jan. 15 performance.

“I think it’s beautiful,” she said. “I’ve never seen anything like this before. This is my first time coming here, so I’m really impressed with the show. It’s beautiful. It reminds me of dancing flowers.”

She said she felt the medium of Chinese dance to be very expressive: “It explains a lot and brings [the stories] to life through dance, so it makes … the meaning more powerful that way.”

What struck Ms. Douglas was how steeped in tradition Chinese dancing is and how much the dancers can express their history and culture through dance.

Shen Yun struck a creative chord in her: “I’m a writer, so it just inspires me to write,” she said.

According to its website, Shen Yun draws on the vast source material of China’s 5,000-year history. In less than 10 minutes each, Shen Yun dances recount ancient myths, bygone heroes, celestial paradises.

“I’m writing a novel right now. This is just sparking my creativity and giving me inspiration—just the beauty of it and the grace and the elegance. It’s just making me want to write.”

Reporting by Elaine Zhang and Louise McCoy.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. The International Company will perform in Orlando again on Jan. 17. For more information, visit

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