Former Ballerina: Shen Yun ‘an explosion of the senses’

December 29, 2013 Updated: December 31, 2013

ATLANTA—Former accountant and former ballet dancer Ingrid Cooksey was stunned at the technical precision of Shen Yun’s dancers at the Cobb Energy Centre in Atlanta, Dec. 28. “It’s an explosion of the senses. It’s just gorgeous,” Ms. Cooksey said.

Recalling her 14 years of ballet, Ms. Cooksey understood what was required of the dancers. She said, “The dancing is very precise. I was a ballet dancer at one time, so I know how hard it is to do that.”

Classical Chinese dance incorporates a variety of tumbling and aerial techniques which dancers must practice for years to perfect. According to the program, it has its own set of training methods in basic skills and has strict training in both physical expression and specific postures.”

“Some of the movements they do are so fast, it was hard for me to catch what they were doing,” Ms. Cooksey said.

Ms. Cooksey said she enjoyed the stories told through the dances while incorporating such precise techniques.

“They’re very difficult, very technical moves inside the story, so you’re kind of expecting the story to be fun and you’re watching the story, and you’re not really paying attention to how difficult the dance is actually,” Ms. Cooksey said.

The New York-based company is reviving 5,000 years of divinely inspired culture and dance through its performances.

Shen Yun appeals to all ages, and Ms. Cooksey said, “Oh, it’s fabulous! I’m going to bring my children next year.”

Reporting by Guoliang Zhang and Lauren Morency DePhillips

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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