Ballet a Baby Compared to Classical Chinese Dance of Shen Yun

March 23, 2014 6:21 pm Last Updated: March 23, 2014 10:30 pm

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—“I am a big fan of ballet, and I see now that what I thought of as traditional ballet was a baby compared to what the Chinese have done 5,000 years ago. It’s phenomenal, very interesting,” Grace Wooding said after seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts.

Shen Yun, the world’s premier classical Chinese dance company was founded in New York to revitalize traditional Chinese culture.

“Through the universal language of music and dance, Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and modern heroic tales, taking you on a journey through 5,000 years of Chinese culture,” according to the company’s website.

“I find the dancing phenomenal; the costumes are spectacular. I am enjoying it very, very much,” she said.

Ms. Wooding attended the Kentucky Center’s Whitney Hall, on March 23, with Tac Milne, a certified financial planner with Money Concepts.

“It is amazing that we think of Western culture of being a much shorter period, and that this existed much, much longer than I really ever realized,” Mr. Milne said.

Mr. Milne liked the athleticism of the dancers as well as their grace. “I like dance teams, and it’s interesting like how the people float sometimes, and sometimes they are leaping, spinning. But the coordination amongst all the people is terrific,” he said.

He was intrigued by what he called the “big action” which was not violent, and the control of all the movement.

For Ms. Wooding, she was touched by “the precision, the beauty, the colors.”

Reporting by Joan Wang and Sharon Kilarski

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.

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