Performing Arts

Shen Yun 'Truly Beautiful,' Says Former Assistant Secretary of State

Ellen Sauerbrey, head of the United States Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration during the George W. Bush administration and a former U.S. ambassador, enjoyed the performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts at The Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore on Feb. 18, 2017. (Epoch Times)
Ellen Sauerbrey, head of the United States Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration during the George W. Bush administration and a former U.S. ambassador, enjoyed the performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts at The Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore on Feb. 18, 2017. (Epoch Times)

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