Gymnast Amazed By Shen Yun: ‘Something You’ve Never Seen Before’

“I love [the performance]. It’s something that I’ve never seen before … but it’s amazing. Everyone is so elegant. It’s absolutely beautiful.”

“I think [the dancers’ techniques are] gorgeous. It’s similar to what I do [in rhythmic gymnastics]. Because now I realize a lot of the techniques are similar—the jumps and the turns. … And at the same time they do it all together, and [they are] very difficult techniques. It is so amazing.” [Note: Rhythmic gymnastics incorporates techniques and flips from classical Chinese dance. See article for more details: What is Classical Chinese Dance]

“The male dancers are amazing. When they are on the ground and they are spinning, a lot of the tricks I have never seen before. It’s something that was completely new to me because I feel like I have seen a lot because of my experience, but this has completely taken me by surprise.”

“I think the female dancers are absolutely gorgeous. My favorite [dances] are the ones with very long sleeves, the pink ones, because they shoot them out and it’s so gorgeous, and they are so long and elegant.”

“I think [my friends] should definitely come see it with me next time, but I would definitely start by telling them it’s so elegant and it is something that you’ve never seen before. It‘s not something that you can see anywhere else.”

Natasha Lakatos, provincial rhythmic gymnast
Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, Canada
Shen Yun Touring Company
January 23, 2018