Ballet Academy Instructor Amazed and Inspired by Shen Yun

January 18, 2015 Updated: January 18, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS—Danielle Jones, an instructor, and 18 students from Anderson Young Ballet Theatre & Academy saw the world-acclaimed classical Chinese dance and music company, Shen Yun Performing Arts, at Clowes Memorial Hall on Jan. 17.

“We loved it. It was amazing,” said Ms. Jones.

At the heart of Shen Yun is classical Chinese dance, a distinct and separate dance system passed down for thousands of years. “Known for its incredible flips and spins, and its gentle elegance, it is one of the most rigorous and expressive art forms in the world,” states Shen Yun website.

“We’re a ballet troupe, so all of our girls are really experienced, and they love the arts. Coming out to a show like this is just amazing for them. We look for all the opportunities we can to see the arts and support them,” explained Ms. Jones.

“We’ve never seen anything like [this performance]. It was beautiful,” she said.

Shen Yun is also known for the unique sound of its music combining Eastern and Western orchestral instruments, interactive digital backdrops, and beautiful original costumes.

Each year, completely original music, choreography, and costumes are created which have been repeatedly reported to inspire fashion designers, musicians, and others around the world.

The performance was inspiring for Ms. Jones as well. “We’re looking for new costume inspiration, so this is beautiful for us to come see,” she said.

Reporting by Sally Sun and Cat Rooney

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

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