Dance Teacher, Choreographer Impressed With Shen Yun

January 2, 2015 3:52 pm Last Updated: January 4, 2015 12:28 am

HOUSTON—Shen Yun Performing Arts welcomed the first day of 2015 with two performances at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts.

The dancing and choreography impressed professional artists in the audience.

Dance teacher Jessica Rangel was noted how precisely coordinated the dancers were with one another, given how complex the choreography was.

“Everyone has a different count and yet they ended together and they started together. The counts they have to meet up with, they’re completely in touch. I love it, it’s amazing,” she said.

The main training for Shen Yun dancers is in classical Chinese dance. The product of thousands of years of refinement in royal courts, classical Chinese dance is one of the most comprehensive dance forms in the world.

Dancers receive intensive training in dance fundamentals and then need to master difficult movements and tumbling techniques, which include different flips and leaps, and hundreds of complex movements and postures, according to the Shen Yun website.

One of the hallmarks of classical Chinese dance is its ability to convey profound emotions. To attain this depth of expressivity dancers cultivate bearing or yun, which refers to the dancer’s intent, breath, and personal aura. Bearing is what gives the same movement done by a different person, a different feel.

Ms. Rangel thought the dancers had a high level of concentration, and she enjoyed the story-based dances from Chinese history.

“You can tell they’re very focused on what they’re doing,” she said.

“I think it’s something different, something new. My personal background is Mexican. And we don’t necessarily have that, necessarily see that very often, so to see a story through a dance, I think it’s beautiful, very beautiful.”

It’s phenomenal. It’s amazing. Seeing the combination of dances, dance styles.
Houston-based choreographer Alex Fierro
Houston-based choreographer Alex Fierro, said he was “really impressed with the choreography.”

“It’s phenomenal. It’s amazing. Seeing the combination of dances, dance styles. I really enjoyed the formation changes, the transitions. I enjoyed the cleanliness of it overall, he said.

 Choreographer Alex Fierro said Shen Yun choreography was phenomenal after seeing a performance at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, Jan. 1. (Courtesy of NTD Television)

Choreographer Alex Fierro said Shen Yun choreography was phenomenal after seeing a performance at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, Jan. 1. (Courtesy of NTD Television)

In addition to classical Chinese dance, Shen Yun also performs ethic and folk dances from around China. During the performance, dancers don hundreds of colorful hand made costumes.

“The costumes enhanced the effect—the wow effect to it,” Mr. Fierro said.

He said he found the dances inspiring and was impressed to learn that gymnastics derives a lot of its flips from classical Chinese dance.

“Am I inspired by any of the dances? Yeah, definitely, definitely. I actually didn’t know tumbling and gymnastics were derived from classical Chinese dance. I’m impressed with that.”

It’s perfect actually.
— Alex Fierro, choreographer, Houston
He also thought the dancers were remarkably coordinated.

“The dancers… [are] all really good. Great actually. Everyone looks as one. Everyone looks synchronized. It’s perfect actually.”

Reporting by NTD Television and June Fakkert

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

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.