Shen Yun Dancers ‘Supernatural’ Says Art and Dance Teacher

NEW YORK—Jytte Willumstad, who teaches art history and dance at the Manhattan School of Music, said Shen Yun Performing Arts was fantastic.

Willumstad saw Shen Yun at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater on April 27, and she said she learned a lot.

“I draw a lot of inspiration for my design,” she said, referring to the hundreds of handmade costumes in the performance.

Ms. Willumstad was born in Copenhagen, Denmark and also teaches at the Mannes College of Music at the New School, gives lectures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and has a Master’s Degree in Art History from Hunter College.

“They float,” she said of the Shen Yun dancers. “They’re beautiful.”

Willumstad attended the performance after being prompted by her students. Many of her students know of Shen Yun, and the recent New York performances have been a topic of discussion in her classes.

Shen Yun, based in New York, presents Chinese culture as it was known through the millenia, “In less than ten minutes each, Shen Yun dances recount ancient myths, bygone heroes, or celestial paradises,” states the company’s website.

Ms. Willumstad said she especially enjoyed the colors and the elegance of the performance, and found the female dancers to be very feminine.

Ms. Willumstad said the dancers were beautiful and compared them to supernatural beings.

Reporting by Pamela Tsai and Zachary Stieber

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

Shen Yun Performing Arts is performing at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center through April 28.

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