Web Designer and Wife Finally See Shen Yun

By Mary Silver
Epoch Times Staff
Created: January 9, 2013 Last Updated: January 10, 2013
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Mrs. Addie Henderson and Mr. Cleo Henderson in the entrance of the Fox Theatre after seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts, on Jan. 9 (Mary Silver/The Epoch Times)

Mrs. Addie Henderson and Mr. Cleo Henderson in the entrance of the Fox Theatre after seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts, on Jan. 9 (Mary Silver/The Epoch Times)

ATLANTA—When Shen Yun came to the Fox Theatre in 2013, Mr. Cleo Henderson finally got his wish. “We’ve been following this for almost five years, as long as we’ve been in Atlanta,” he said. Every year, something came up at the last minute that stopped the couple from attending. Finally he and Mrs. Addie Henderson saw the Shen Yun International Company’s performance on Jan. 9.

“It was beautiful, I enjoyed it … and I loved it,” said Mrs. Henderson. Both were smiling and cheerful after the final Atlanta performance.

“I loved it too,” said Mr. Henderson. “I love Chinese culture.”

Mr. Henderson is the lead designer for a company, responsible for graphics and design, and also has IT skills. He develops every aspect of the web for a large business. The digital backdrop delighted him. “The backdrop was awesome, I love how they did the sequence where people came out of the backdrop and came up on stage. The timing was perfect, it was impeccable.”

“We’ve been following it for so long. We have always wanted to come,” said Mr. Henderson.

In order to restore and revive Chinese traditional culture, a group of overseas Chinese artists established Shen Yun in New York in 2006, according to its website. The company gave one of its very first performances in Atlanta in 2006.

“I love that they are sharing their culture with us,” said Mr. Henderson.

The program invites audience members to prepare to enter a magical world where the good and the righteous always prevail, and where beauty and purity have never been lost.

“It’s just a great experience. I welcome anybody to come out to the Fox Theatre and see this,” he said, with a big smile.

Mrs. Henderson, who is a nurse, said they will look forward to future Shen Yun performances. She would say to the company, “Keep up the good work, I can’t wait until next year to see what [Shen Yun] is bringing.

Mr. Henderson would like to say to the artists, “Keep up the awesome work. It takes a lot of discipline and focus to do what you do.”

Shen Yun just completed a five performance series in Atlanta. Each performance inspired a standing ovation. During the last one, the audience cheered and applauded as dancers threw pink handkerchiefs in the air at the end of the dance, An Early Spring.

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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