Shen Yun ‘A Learning Experience’

January 9, 2015 Updated: January 9, 2015

HOUSTON—There was something in Shen Yun Performing Arts that young model Maddison Zarsky couldn’t quite put into words.

“It’s very different than any other dances than I’ve actually been to,” said Maddison. She came to see Shen Yun’s performance at the Jones Hall for the Performing Arts on Jan. 3 with her parents Mitch and Bonnie Zarsky.

For example, when she saw one story-based dance, The Power of Compassion, she could deeply see the compassion being portrayed in the dance.

“I think it shows a lot. I didn’t expect to really see the full compassion behind it, but you can actually tell. I like that. You could tell that they were showing compassion. Honestly, I can’t really put it into words,” she said.

“I was actually surprised it was more a learning dance than an actual just dance like The Nutcracker or anything like that,” she said, adding that the show was educational for her. “The lessons behind it, I like it a lot. It’s very different than any other dances than I’ve actually been to,” she said.

Based in New York, Shen Yun is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company.

“Sophisticated dance techniques, an orchestra joining instruments from both the East and West, beautiful costumes, and a stunning back drop—this is Shen Yun at first glance,” explains the Shen Yun website.

“But digging deeper, one discovers a sea of traditional Chinese culture. Mortals and divine beings merge on stage as one. Principles such as benevolence and justice, propriety and wisdom, respect for the heavens, and divine retribution, all come to life, washing over the audience. Originating from Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism, these ideals are the essence of traditional Chinese culture.”

Mr. Zarsky, an investor, said the whole family enjoyed the performance greatly.

“Very energetic, very, very well choreographed, extremely precise,” he said about the performance.

His wife, Mrs. Zarsky, a teacher, said she was impressed with the choreography. “It was beautiful.”

Reporting by June Fakkert

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

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