ESCONDIDO, Calif.—Denis Waitley, Ph.D and his daughters Deborah Waitley, Ph.D and Dayna Arnold, Ph.D enjoyed an evening at the California Center for the Arts, on Wednesday, Feb. 26, watching Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company.
“Loved the show,” said. Dr. Waitley. “It brings out the traditional Chinese culture and the traditional dance, and it shows the culture is deep and thousands of years old.”
Through dance, song, and live orchestral music, the performance brings to life legends and heroes from China’s long and rich history.
Dr. Waitley has a Ph.D in Human Behavioral Psychology and is an internationally known keynote speaker, consultant, and the author of many best-selling motivational books and audio programs. He also has an institute for leadership and learning in Shanghai and authored The Dragon and the Eagle: China and America, Growing Together, Worlds Apart. Dr. Waitley and his two daughters co-wrote The Psychology of Winning for Women.
According to Shen Yun’s website, “For 5,000 years divine culture flourished in the land of China. Humanity’s treasure was nearly lost, but through breathtaking music and dance, Shen Yun is bringing back this glorious culture.”
Dr. Waitley was most impressed by the dancing of Shen Yun. He loved “the beauty of the dancers, and the fact that … all of dance has emanated from the 5,000-year-old Chinese culture.”
The orchestra, which combines the beauty and distinctiveness of Chinese sounds with the power and precision of a Western orchestra, impressed Dr. Deborah Waitley. She explained she had been to China with her father, but, “I have never seen anything like this. The colors, and the soul, and understanding the music is from the soul.”
Dr. Dayna Arnold said, “I just felt moved, emotionally and spiritually, and to see the beauty and the elegance of the dancers … just to see the beauty of the culture.”
“It’s very important for the rest of the world to understand what Chinese culture is all about, and to learn about China,” said Dr. Waitley.
He said he would recommend Shen Yun “to anyone and everyone.”
Reporting by Jane Lin and Sarah Le
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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