Classical Chinese Dance Movements Carry Deep Meaning, Says Dance Studio Owner

Learns more about classical Chinese dance after attending Shen Yun performance
December 27, 2013

HOUSTON—Scott Morrow and his wife wanted to do something special for the new Chinese student they are hosting, to celebrate her birthday.

That’s why they brought her to see Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Jones Hall for the Performing Arts on Thursday.

“We’re all just taking in her culture, and get a sense of her culture,” said Mr. Morrow, who works for ABC 13 in Houston, and also owns a dance studio with his wife.

Based in New York, Shen Yun aims to revive 5,000 years of Chinese culture.

“A Shen Yun performance features the world’s foremost classically trained dancers, a unique orchestra blending East and West, and dazzling animated backdrops-together creating one spectacular performance,” according to the Shen Yun website.

Mr. Morrow said he enjoyed seeing the unique postures of classical Chinese dance presented by Shen Yun.

“It’s really beautiful to see they use postures and hand movements very differently from than the dancers in our country,” Mr. Morrow said.

According to the Shen Yun website, Chinese dance is known for its incredible flips and spins, as well as its elegance. “It is one of the most rigorous and expressive art forms in the world,” says the company’s website.

Mr. Morrow said Shen Yun dancers expressed deep meanings with their movements.

“Just the way they express [is] much deeper than just movement through their legs or through their eyes, they’re really using their hands to express, so it’s really interesting,” he said.

According to the Shen Yun website, “Soaking up profound wisdom from every era and dynasty, [classical Chinese dance] has become a complete system of dance embodying traditional aesthetic principles with its unique dance movements, rhythms, and inner meaning.” The company has an entire section on its website explaining the background behind classical Chinese dance.

Mr. Morrow noted other features in the performance that stood out to him, including a solo by a soprano who sings Chinese lyrics in the bel canto style, and the animated projected backdrops.

“I loved that, it helped me follow the story really well,” he said.

With reporting by NTD Television

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

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