Businesswoman and Dancer Express Appreciation for Shen Yun

April 21, 2012 Updated: August 14, 2015

CHICAGO—Shen Yun Performing Arts attracts people from all walks of life to witness its splendor. Many choose to take friends or loved-ones along to enjoy the show.

Susan Kleinman, an insurance planner and programmer and owner of her own business, Banks and Kleinman Enterprises, and Cynthia Lavin, a ballroom dancer, decided to take in Shen Yun together on a windy Friday night at the Civic Opera House, April 20.

“I think it’s extremely creative. I loved the costumes, the color and the nature of the culture of the dance because it’s something very unique to me,” said Ms. Kleinman. “But one thing I really loved is the use of the video and the characters coming to life out of that video. I think it’s so, so cool.”

Ms. Kleinman was referring to Shen Yun’s state-of-the-art digitally mastered backdrops that play an important role in developing the scenery and mood of each piece.

Susan Kleinman, a businesswoman has previously visited China. Cynthia Lavin, on the other hand, is a ballroom dancer with dancing expertise and works for a company called Overture doing sales and marketing.

“I think it’s more insightful into the story and the history and the spirituality, which I really love,” Ms. Lavin said. “And also I’m a dancer, but I do ballroom dancing and it inspires me; the spiritual part and then the technique, so you know it’s very high level [which] I appreciate … everybody had a high level of discipline.”

Ms. Lavin commented on the opening number, An Era Begins, in which, heralded by a battalion of celestial soldiers, they drum in preparation for a battle between good and evil. She said she loved the drums and the colors.

“I appreciate the technique and the talent, they’re very synchronized and I could see the discipline and, well I loved that … I just loved [that] combined with the spirituality,” she said.

Reporting by Stacey Tang and Paul Darin.

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world, with a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company will perform in Chicago through April 22.

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