Arts & Culture

Ballet Dancer Drives More Than Two Hours to See Shen Yun

BY Mary Silver TIMEDecember 19, 2009 PRINT
Mr. Ta danced with the Atlanta Ballet for seven years. He drove more than 200 miles to attend the performance. (Mary Silver/The Epoch Times)
Mr. Ta danced with the Atlanta Ballet for seven years. He drove more than 200 miles to attend the performance. (Mary Silver/The Epoch Times)

AUGUSTA, Ga.—U. S. Senator Johnny Isakson sent his “warmest personal regards” to Shen Yun Performing Arts. “This is an event that has delighted thousands with its wonderful Chinese dance and music while highlighting the interesting and inspiring cultural myths, legends, and majestic beauty of the traditional Chinese culture,” he wrote.

The company started its 2010 world tour in the second oldest and second largest city in Georgia. Not only is Augusta old as an American city, native people had a city there 4,000 years ago, according to the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

Augusta Mayor Deke Cophenhaver thanked the local organizers for “bringing this magical event to our city. The City of Augusta is honored to have been included in such a world-wide spectacle of Chinese culture.”

He praised the show for “celebrating the pure excellence and grandeur of classical Chinese dance and music.”

Ballet Dancer Calls Show 'Gorgeous'

Former Atlanta Ballet dancer Mr. Ta drove 2 1/2 hours from Atlanta to see the show. He said “Gorgeous. Beautiful … It was a glorious show. ” The tall, elegant man was among the first to rise for the standing ovation the show garnered.

He has been in the United States for ten years, but he grew up in Inner Mongolia. He said he was “interested in all of it. The Mongolian dance was amazing. You can’t say anything about it—just made me feel so good.”

Mr. Ta is also a friend of one of the Shen Yun performers, Yungchia Chen. The two were classmates at the Beijing Dance Academy. Yungchia Chen “is kind of a famous guy. So nice and such a good dancer,” Mr. Ta said.

“I just loved it. My friend—I was so ecstatic to see him dancing on stage.”

Mr. Ta said he hopes to see the show again when it comes to Atlanta in mid-January.

“It is an amazing performance. I liked it so much.”

  For more information, please visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org 

Mary Silver
Mary Silver writes columns, grows herbs, hikes, and admires the sky. She likes critters, and thinks the best part of being a journalist is learning new stuff all the time. She has a Masters from Emory University, serves on the board of the Georgia chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and belongs to the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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