Shen Yun Dancers ‘Elegant and Beautiful’

April 25, 2011 Updated: April 27, 2011

CHICAGO—A business couple, Joe Boos and his wife, found joy in the Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company’s presentation of classical Chinese dance and music, held April 23.

Staged under the eaves of Chicago's majestic Civic Opera House, Mr. Boos loved the powerful drumming sequences in the dance, Northeastern Drummers.

Mrs. Boos enjoyed the male dancer's strength and athleticism as they seemingly charge their horses and gallop swiftly across the Mongolian Plains, in Herding On the Grasslands.

Story-based dances are integral to Shen Yun performances used to help revive China's true heritage, decimated under communism rule, according to its website.

The dances are supported by the Shen Yun Orchestra’s fusion of Eastern and Western instruments in all-original music composed to perfectly match a performance at hand.

“He likes percussion. I thought the music was beautiful,” Mrs. Boos said.

Other trademarks of Shen Yun include hundreds of gorgeous costumes, designed to match hi-tech animated backdrops that move seamlessly from one program to another.

In closing, Mrs. Boos summed up her experience of what others have considered an exhilarating and colorful presentation with a couple of poignant words: “Elegant and beautiful,” she said.

Reporting by Catherine Wen and Raiatea Tahana-Reese.

Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will continue with shows in Los Angeles at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium from April 28-30. For more information, visit 

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