‘The music sets the stage for the dance perfectly,’ Says Company President

Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 18, 2013 Last Updated: February 21, 2013
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Bill Sheeran saw Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Rochester Auditorium Theater on Feb. 17. (Courtesy of NTD Television)

Bill Sheeran saw Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Rochester Auditorium Theater on Feb. 17. (Courtesy of NTD Television)

ROCHESTER, NY—Company president Bill Sheeran is usually out of town when Shen Yun plays in Rochester, but this year that wasn’t the case, and he was lucky enough to see the show when it played at the Rochester Auditorium Theater on Sunday afternoon.

“I liked it very much,” said Mr. Sheerin, president of LeaJames Inc., a business coaching company in Rochester.

“We were very fortunate this year. Usually we’re out of town in a warmer climate this time of year but this year we were in town and so we really were happy to see the show coming when we were here.”

Since its inception in 2006, New York-based Shen Yun has brought together the talents of world-class dancers, choreographers, singers, and musicians from around the globe in order to fulfill its mission of reviving China’s authentic traditional culture.

The show’s centerpiece is classical Chinese dance, an ancient art form that evolved over the Middle Kingdom’s 5,000-year history and something that was new to Mr. Sheeran.

“Seeing classical Chinese dance was new to us, and it was very, very enjoyable as well as edifying in terms of the different style of dance that it presented, so we enjoyed it very thoroughly,” he said.

Mr. Sheerin’s adopted daughter is from Mongolia, so he particularly enjoyed the Mongolian Bowl Dance, which depicts Mongolian women gracefully balancing bowls on their heads in a dance of welcome.

“We have a particularly fondness for anything Mongolian since our daughter was from Inner Mongolia, so that number really meant a lot to us,” he said.

Shen Yun’s multifaceted show includes vocal soloists, and also has a live orchestra that blends Chinese and Western instruments such as the pipa and erhu, producing a new and fresh sound.

“When you put it together in a performance like this, especially with the live orchestra, I think the music sets the stage for the dance perfectly,” said Mr. Sheerin.

Having visited China, Mr. Sheerin said he recognized some of the scenes on the backdrops, such as Tiananmen Square and a view of Mount Everest from the Chinese side. He also liked the animation in the backdrops and how it complemented the story-based dance pieces.

“I think that the way they use the backdrop in the whole setting for the dance and how it fed into the dance was really a nice touch for the whole performance and it fit the choreography. I was impressed, very impressed with the choreography.”

Reporting by NTD Television and Joan Delaney.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit

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