Motor City Meets Classical Chinese in Shen Yun

February 8, 2014

DETROIT—A land that is synonymous with industry and modern engineering hosts Shen Yun Performing Arts, showcasing classical Chinese dance and song.

Natives of Detroit Terry and Stephanie Bean attended the performance Friday night, Feb. 7 and found something that was amazing and a wonderful experience, according to the couple.

“They were so graceful and beautiful and the rhythm was fantastic,” commented Terry. “I thought the music and the composition was dynamic and just really fun. I liked the pace and the multiple different stories inside of the story was really cool, too.”

Based in New York, Shen Yun was established by artists from around the world to revive 5,000 years of Chinese civilization.

Terry, a local businessman, owns Motor City Connect which is a networking based operation that works within the community to build professional relations among professional and businesses.

Stephanie Bean works as an attorney for the large local Automotive Industry.

“The precision of the dancers was amazing. It was mesmerizing. The colors of the outfits of the costumes were breathtaking,” said Mrs. Bean.

Shen Yun features a variety of ethnic dances from many different regions in China: Several dances stood out for Mrs. Bean, “The Lotus dancers [Lotuses in Bloom]. I did like the Mongolian chopstick’s dancers [Mongolian Chopsticks] as well. It was great!”

“It was neat, it was like a history lesson,” added Mr. Bean. “There was one part that was really, really cool and everything just came right alive right in front of you. I thought that part was very excellent.”

Many people visiting Shen Yun are surprised at the folklore and historical elements of the show, which often feature stories from China’s past as well as the current situation in China.

“Just to know so much more about the Chinese culture,” said Mrs. Bean. “That is what I’m taking away from this because I had no idea about how much they’ve gone through and what they continue to go through and being able to be here to speak about that is wonderful. I’m so thrilled for [Shen Yun performers] to be able to experience that here in the United States which they can’t do in China.”

New York-based Shen Yun has been touring internationally showcasing the true culture that was almost destroyed with the advent of communism to China. Through dance, song, and orchestral music, the performance brings to life legends and heroes from China’s long and rich history.

Shen Yun also features many award-winning classical singers.

“And the singing, continued Mr. Bean. “I had no idea that that was going to happen. The tenor especially was great.”

‘It was a beautiful show absolutely, commented Mrs. Bean. “I would recommend it. I have already checked in on Facebook to let everybody know we are here and they’re already asking how it was so they’re waiting for updates.”

Reporting by Michael Huang and Paul Darin

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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