Dance Teacher Admires Poise and Elegance in Shen Yun

April 20, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
Dance teacher Denice Troiano shares her Shen Yun experience
Dance teacher Denice Troiano shares her Shen Yun experience at the Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater. (Courtesy of NTD Television)

NEW YORK—Dance teacher Denice Troiano enjoyed Shen Yun “very much so” on Thursday night at the Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater.

“I find it very interesting to find out about the culture and the classical Chinese dance—I’ve never seen anything like this before,” she said. “Through their dance you could definitely get an idea of the culture. I enjoyed it immensely.”

“Dance is one part of human culture,” expounds Shen Yun’s website. “Classical Chinese dance is grounded in 5,000 years of divinely inspired culture, and is a dance art form built upon a deep foundation of traditional aesthetics. Classical Chinese dance is rich with expressive power.

“The body movements had to be extremely hard,” said Ms. Troiano, adding that she noticed “the poise [and] the elegant ways they dance.”

New York-based Shen Yun tours the world with a mission to revive the 5,000 year-old, divinely inspired Chinese culture, after it was nearly destroyed by communist rule, according to the company. Digital backdrops, colorful, handcrafted costumes, and an orchestra the melds both Western and Chinese classical instruments accompany the dancers.

In the dance Lotus Leaves, “delicate yet playful … lotus maidens are at ease when dancing atop the waters,” according to Shen Yun’s program book. “The dancers’ unique full-circle fans sway like lily pads in the wind, evoking scenes of a flowering lotus garden in the summertime.”

Ms. Troiano loved Lotus Leaves, as well as How the Monkey King Came to Be, a humorous tale about a central character in China’s classic novel Journey to the West.

“It looked so easy but I’m sure it was so hard,” said Ms. Troiano.

Reporting by NTD Television and Zachary Stieber.

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will perform at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center through April 22.

For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.