Shen Yun a Big Hit with Baseball Coach

January 10, 2011 Updated: October 1, 2015

James Lasala and Sarah Meadows at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater following the Premiere of Shen Yun Performing Arts on Jan. 6, 2011. (Courtesy of NTD Television)
James Lasala and Sarah Meadows at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater following the Premiere of Shen Yun Performing Arts on Jan. 6, 2011. (Courtesy of NTD Television)
NEW YORK—Former New York Yankees draft pick James Lasala had a "real night out” in New York at the Shen Yun Performing Arts on Saturday Jan. 8 at the Lincoln Center.

Mr. Lasala played two seasons in the New York Yankees minor league system and currently serves as assistant coach for the Iona college baseball team. He was drafted by the Bronx Bombers in 2006.

Shen Yun was “awe-inspiring,” Mr. Lasala said. “Just beautiful, the colors, and the singers; unbelievable.”

As a baseball player and now assistant coach, Mr. Lasala knows that it takes hard work and endless hours of physical training to play at a professional level. He admired Shen Yun's dancers for their obvious talent, and the discipline it takes to reach their high levels of skill and endurance.

“The positions they put their bodies into—to be flexible and strong at the same time—are unbelievable,” he said. “Being able to [do] that … excellent!”

A unique feature of Shen Yun is its digitally animated backdrops, which allows for a variety of effects, including showing the dancers flying on and off the stage. Mr. Lasala was delighted with this effect: “The colors, the technology with the dancers, was beautiful,” he said. “It was excellent.”

Sarah Meadows, who accompanied Mr. Lasala to the show, called Shen Yun “eye-opening” and “a very nice cultural experience.”

With reporting by NTD Television and Justina Wheale.

Shen Yun Performing Arts will perform at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater through Jan. 16. For more information visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org