Shen Yun ‘Exciting to watch’, Says Retired Ballet Teacher

April 7, 2011 Updated: April 8, 2011

LONDON—Retired ballet teacher Gillian Linton enjoyed Shen Yun Performing Arts with her granddaughters at the London Coliseum on Thursday, April 7.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts mission is to revive the 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture through classical Chinese dance and music.

As a former dancer, Ms. Linton was excited to see the classical Chinese dance. “I enjoyed the whole thing. It’s wonderful,” she said. "It’s different [to ballet] but it’s very disciplined. I particularly liked the plum blossom, which was really, really lovely." In Plum Blossom dancers depict the petals of a plum blossom flower.

Ms. Linton also said of the male dancers, “We’d like to have seen more male dancing. They’re very exciting to watch and we’d like to see some more. Our classical ballet is very controlled, as is [Chinese dance], but there’s a freedom also, which is nice to see."

Ms. Linton expressed her support for Shen Yun’s message and it’s revival of traditional Chinese culture saying, ”It’s really lovely to see such traditional things being saved and hopefully we’ll see more next year. Obviously it’s not being helped a lot in China now so it’s up to [those] who are outside the country to save it and save more of it.

"It’s nice to see that because it would die out unless a company like [Shen Yun Performing Arts] kept it going. It’s quite important."

Ms. Linton’s granddaughters were also impressed with the dancers delicate movements and costumes. “Yes I really liked it. Like the use of the arms and all the material flowing from the arms, [and] the use of the fans in the blossom dance. It was really nice.”

Ms. Linton said that she would be recommending the show to others.

Reporting by Jingwen Wang and Elsa Roddy.

Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will be at The London Coliseum from April 5–10. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org