PASADENA, Calif.—Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company performed to an enthusiastic audience at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Saturday afternoon, April 30.
Beatriz Sanchez was among the audience. She has been a dancer since she was four years old and has performed Japanese, Chinese, Hawaiian, and Tahitian dance.
Shen Yun presents a broad repertoire of Chinese dance across 56 ethnicities and 5,000 years of history. Ms. Sanchez’ response to the program was, “It's lovely. Oh, it's the most beautiful dancing I have ever seen in my life.”
Other aspects of the dance that impressed her included the choreography. She said, “I really like the choreography. I like how they move. I really love this kind of dancing.”
Shen Yun’s accomplished choreographers aim to present classical Chinese dance, an art form still new to the West, in its purest and most beautiful form, says the company's website.
She particularly noted the dancers' inner expression, saying, "They project what they are feeling."
Mrs. Sanchez said that the dancers would inspire those who see them perform: “The parents can take their little ones to learn this dance, whether or not they are Chinese.”
“Another thing that I would like to say is [about] the values. The values that they are projecting in the dancers. … That is one thing I like about this dance."
She explained that the dancers project that their mind and body are one, and she thinks that's the way it should be.
Reporting by NTD Television and Robin Kemker.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts will perform in Escondido, San Diego, at the California Center for the Arts, May 3-5, and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County, May 6-8. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org