Ballet School Principal Says Shen Yun ‘Phenomenal’

April 27, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
Samantha Simpson attends Shen Yun
Samantha Simpson attends Shen Yun Performing Arts in Sydney's Capitol Theatre. (Tahnia Smith/The Epoch Times)

SYDNEY—The principal of a classical ballet school in northern Sydney said the precision of the Shen Yun dancers combined with vivid digital backdrops created a “phenomenal” show.

Samantha Simpson, who runs a ballet school in Hornsby, was speaking after Friday’s opening performance in Sydney’s Capitol Theatre by the Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company.

“It was just a wonderful show,” Ms. Simpson said. “The precision, the technique of all the dancers was just amazing. Showing everything from martial arts technique to acrobatics, all blending with classical ballet it was just phenomenal.”

“[The dancers] look like they’re floating on air, you have to really look closely to see they’re not on wheels or anything like that they’re actually walking and it’s just so lovely.

“Obviously it takes hours and hours of practice.

“It’s just so elegant … and it looks so at ease, almost an emotion rather than a taught thing that they’ve learnt, it’s just seems so natural for them to do.”

Shen Yun aims to revive 5,000 years of Chinese culture through music and classical Chinese dance.

Ms. Simpson had trouble naming a standout movement as “there was just so much” that she liked. But she enjoyed Snowflakes Welcoming Spring, a northeastern folk dance where dancers take small, quick steps through snowy fields, spinning and swirling sequined handkerchiefs. The handkerchiefs look a little like snowflakes.

“They were throwing and catching these snowflakes, you often have to blink to make sure you’re not imagining things, it was phenomenal,” Ms. Simpson said.

She said it was good to learn more deeply about Chinese culture, and she would recommend the show to her students and friends.

“I would say it is a must see performance,” Ms. Simpson said.

Reporting by De Ming and Ethan Yang.

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will be in Sydney, Australia, through May 6.

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