Shen Yun Dancers’ Costumes: ‘Made beautiful visuals,’ Says Businessman

May 11, 2013 Updated: August 14, 2015

CHICAGO—”I thought it would be unusual , and it certainly is,” said Bill Bailes at intermission of the Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company’s performance at Chicago’s Cadillac Palace on May 10.

“Unusual, I didn’t know what to expect,” said the housewares importer. “I haven’t seen anything like it before. We have enjoyed it so far and look forward to the next act.”

Shen Yun’s mission is to bring to life 5,000 years of divinely bestowed culture through traditional arts. Specifically, Shen Yun tells stories of myths, legends and history through classical Chinese dance, traditional folk and ethnic dance, classically trained vocalists, and orchestral music with traditional Western and Eastern instruments.

“I enjoyed the girls with the multi-colored skirts. It made beautiful visuals,” Mr. Bailes said.

The hallmark of Shen Yun is classical Chinese dance with its distinctive and compete dance system of “postures, leaps, flips, spins and other difficult tumbling techniques.”

Also unique to the company is its use of costumes and simple props, such as handkerchiefs twirling in the air to create the effect of flowers.

“I know that it is an ancient culture, and it is certainly interesting to watch how they perform, and all of wonderful, beautiful movements that they make.”

Reporting by Stacey Tang and Cat Rooney

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit

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Shen Yun Performing Arts’ last scheduled performances for this season are in Chicago on May 10-12 and Syracuse, May 12.