Bill and Dottie Thomas attended the evening performance and felt fortunate for the opportunity.
“It’s really nice,” said Mrs. Thomas, a retired schoolteacher. “Beautiful costumes—excellent. I just love their movements, and I love everything about it.”
“I love the whole story. It’s great,” she added.
Through Shen Yun’s music, dance, and traditional stories that contain the deep and wondrous past of the Middle Kingdom, an ancient culture comes to life, bringing with it a history passed down for 5,000 years.
“Beautiful story,” said Mr. Thomas, who owns the commercial insurance agency he founded 49 years ago.
He added that he was especially impressed by Shen Yun’s dancers. “I’m not sure I have ever seen any as good,” Mr. Thomas said. The dancers portray traditional aesthetics of Chinese culture through classical Chinese dance and folk dance.
“Through expression of bearing and form, beautiful dance movements bring out the inner meaning of intrinsic thoughts and feelings, reflecting the peculiarities of human nature, the standard for human conduct, moral concepts, mental state, one’s value system, and so on,” reads Shen Yun’s website.
The couple, who are from Lakeland, which lies between Orlando and Tampa, said they wished to attend after seeing advertisements for the performance on television.
Although Shen Yun cannot be seen in China today, where traditional culture has been nearly destroyed, Shen Yun travels the globe, showcasing genuine Chinese culture to millions.
Mrs. Thomas said that they would tell their friends how wonderful Shen Yun is and that they should not miss the opportunity to experience the performance. “We do ballroom dancing about four times a week, so we will share it with our friends,” Mr. Thomas said.
Mrs. Thomas added, “We’d like to come and see it again.” She had heard that Shen Yun would be performing in Sarasota (April 22–23). “So we could go there,” she said.
Reporting by Serene Li and Michael Fitzgerald
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.
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