Ballet Dancer Enjoys ‘Magic’ Behind Shen Yun

January 13, 2011 Updated: January 14, 2011

TORONTO—Veteran ballet dancer Pela Iveson, who attended Shen Yun Performing Arts’ Thursday night debut at Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, said the classical Chinese dance production had a “magic” that made a special impression on her.

It came from the workshops on classical Chinese dance that she participated in when she was younger, Ms. Iveson said at intermission.

“When you see the professionals do it, you really understand the magic behind it,” she noted.

Ms. Iveson dances for Ballet Jörgen Canada, a Toronto-based ballet company that tours Canada and the northern United States every year, with a mission of advancing the art and appreciation of ballet and Canadian choreography through performance, educational experiences, and outreach.

“I’m just starting to retire from dance,” she explained, having been a ballet dancer for 20 years. “But seeing those dancers out there jumping and leaping and dancing, it’s just beautiful.”

“I find the way that the dancers flow across the stage, in terms of the way they walk and move and the use of the costumes, of course, it’s just marvellous.”

She added that “so much dynamic comes from the costumes, then mixed with the choreography, the group dancing is very lovely.”

Ms.bIveson was especially impressed by the leaping technique and movement of the dancers.

“The kind of suspension the dancers get in the air, it gives you the sense that they are floating when jumping,” she said. “It’s very beautiful.”

“I’m enjoying it very much so far,” said Ms. Iveson, and “yes, I’m learning about the Chinese cultural classical dance aspect of the show.”

Reporting by NTD Television and Cindy Chan.

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