Shen Yun Dancers Impress

April 19, 2011 Updated: April 20, 2011

CHICAGO—Executive Vice President Larry Pacey of WMS Industries Inc. was among the many enraptured audience members who saw Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company on Saturday evening, April 16. “Their performances are dead on, they're very consistent,” he said, speaking of the Shen Yun dancers.

Shen Yun is known for its innovative mixing of instruments from both the Eastern and Western traditions to produce a beautiful orchestra sound. The orchestra supports dancers, themselves making performance creative breakthroughs as they revive classical Chinese dance, a dance form long dormant.

Mr. Pacey knows all about ground-breaking strategies. In fact, the WMS websites credits Mr. Pacey for “the creation of entirely new categories of game play that are revolutionizing the global gaming industry.”

Of the Shen Yun performance in general, Mr. Pacey remarked on its loveliness. He credits China’s rich and long heritage for the beauty he saw in the costumes and the whole show.

Also attending Shen Yun on Saturday evening were Kathy Bogner and her son, Eric.

Eric Bolger, in finance, enjoyed Shen Yun’s music, saying he enjoyed both the singers and the orchestra.

World-class vocalists tour with the Shen Yun dancers and sing Chinese songs but with a bel canto style.

Kathy Bogner really enjoyed the whole show, but “especially liked the background, it just gave a lot of authenticity as far as China is concerned.”

Ms. Bogner is referring to the digital projected backdrops that take the audience to a different scene for every program, from ancient palaces and to grassy plains.

Also in enjoying the show that evening, was Gerald, a manufacturer of valves for the U.S. Navy. “The chorography was wonderful, the costumes, the dancers, the music was phenomenal, just terrific.”

He also mentioned the background art and the singing, saying “just magnificent.”

Reporting by Mike Chen and Sharon Kilarski.

Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will perform at Chicago's Civic Opera House through April 24. For more information, visit