CEO Brings Extended Family to ‘Absolutely Beautiful’ Shen Yun

By Epoch Times Staff
Epoch Times Staff
Epoch Times Staff
December 27, 2012 Updated: August 14, 2015

HOUSTON—Gene Reed, founder, CEO and owner of E.E. Reed Construction, brought 12 family members to see Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company’s opening night at Houston’s Jones Hall for the Performing Arts on Dec. 26. Mr. Reed said, “The dancing is stunning. I do not know how they could glide the floor like that!”

He said he liked the dancing very much. Shen Yun is the premier classical Chinese dance and music company in the world, and showcases very difficult and skillful dance techniques. “Technical skill in classical Chinese dance refers to a series of highly difficult techniques, including jumping and leaping, turning, and flipping. These techniques serve to enhance bearing and form,” according to the company’s website.

“The dancers are really something, how they could get so balanced, so synchronized, just fantastic,” said Mr. Reed. “I really like that.”

Originally, Mrs. Pat Reed had planned to make the performance an all female excursion. She said she thought it would be “an excellent thing to do the day after Christmas.” She said her grandchildren and daughter enjoy dance. “My intention was to come in with all the women, but the men wanted to come, so all are here. There are 13 of us here tonight.”

Mrs. Reed said she was very pleased with their orchestra seats, adding, “The music is great; the whole production is excellent. They have done a great job.”

Mr. Reed said his eye was caught by a newspaper ad, which got his attention and made him want to experience Shen Yun. He said, “It is beautiful, absolutely beautiful. I think the color and the costumes are the best.”

The Construction Industry Advisory Council inducted Mr. Reed into the Constructor Hall of Fame in 2012. He founded the company 35 years ago, according to the Houston Business Chronicle.

Reporting by Yang Chen and Mary Silver.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world with a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. The Shen Yun International Company will be performing in Houston through Jan. 1.For more information, visit

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