Greenville Pastor Praises Shen Yun, ‘Come see it’

March 2, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
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Elizabeth Leonard and her husband, Wade Leonard, attend Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Peace Center on March 1. (Kelly Ni/The Epoch Times)

GREENVILLE, S.C.—Shen Yun Performing Arts performed at the Peace Center on March 1. Wade Leonard, Baptist Senior Pastor at First Baptist Mauldin, and his wife, Elizabeth Leonard, were among the audience seeing traditional Chinese culture come to life.

New York-based Shen Yun is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company with a mission to revive the essence of the 5,000-year-old Chinese culture.

“Wonderful!” Mrs. Leonard said of the performance. “I like the cultural aspect of it—things you don’t particularly get to see.”

“I thought it was tremendous!” Mr. Leonard said. “The performances were done very professionally. Artistically I thought it was wonderful.

“The athleticism of the performers, and the costumes I thought were just beautiful—the best I’ve ever seen,” he added.

Mrs. Leonard said she was touched by the performance and commented on “how we are very similar … and underlying theme across all cultures.”

According to Shen Yun’s website, “every dance embodies traditional Chinese values. Ideals of loyalty, filial piety, and veneration for the divine are cherished and celebrated.”

“Come see it, it’s beautiful,” she said.

“If you get a chance, come see it,” said Mr. Wade.

This is the first year Shen Yun has performed in South Carolina.

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 three shows in Tampa, Florida, at The David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts on March 3-4.

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