Shen Yun

Ballerina Sees ‘Impeccable Grace’ in Shen Yun

BY Mary Silver TIMEDecember 28, 2013 PRINT

ATLANTA—The dancers in Shen Yun Performing Arts were breathtaking, according to Marguerite Reynolds. Ms. Reynolds is a tall, graceful young woman who danced with the Royal Ballet. She came with her family to see Shen Yun at the Cobb Energy Centre on Dec. 27.

She said the dancers were in perfect synchrony and that “they just seemed to float—they absolutely float.”

“Visually it just had such an impact,” she said.

As a former dancer with one of the top ballet companies in the world, the London-based Royal Ballet, Ms. Reynolds has high standards and refined judgment about dance.

“I’m particularly critical and harsh,” she said. “I have found fault in Baryshnikov before and don’t have a problem saying that.”

However, she had high praise for the artistry of Shen Yun International Company. “Their grace was impeccable,” she said. “There were moments when I just lost my breath because I thought, ‘how beautiful.’ It’s just spot on.”

Originally from Holland, Ms. Reynolds had not experienced classical Chinese dance before, but Shen Yun piqued her interest in the ancient, rich art. “I don’t know enough about it, and now I want to learn more about it because it’s just absolutely mesmerizing to see the synchronicity,” she said.

According to the program, “Over thousands of years, this art was continually organized and refined, with it eventually developing into the vast, systematic and distinctly Chinese dance form that we know today.”

Ms. Reynolds said she plans to research Chinese dance. “Within classical Chinese dance lie China’s rich cultural traditions, which allow its movements to be deeply expressive,” the program reads.

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

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

Mary Silver
Mary Silver writes columns, grows herbs, hikes, and admires the sky. She likes critters, and thinks the best part of being a journalist is learning new stuff all the time. She has a Masters from Emory University, serves on the board of the Georgia chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and belongs to the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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