HOUSTON—Bob and Phyllis Shults said they had a piece of their hearts in China, as they have many dear friends from China, and were glad to see the freedom of expressing the traditional Chinese culture in Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Jones Hall for the Performing Arts in Houston, Dec. 31.
Mrs. Shults said, in her heart, she felt good seeing the ties to the divine in the art Shen Yun performed. Based in New York, Shen Yun was established by artists from around the world to revive 5,000 years of Chinese civilization.
“We have friends over there now, and they talk about how it’s not easy to express spirituality so much in China,” Mrs. Schults said. “It was very touching, very moving.”
“It’s beautiful,” Mr. Schults said.
Mr. Shults, during his career in law, has committed himself to erasing corruption in politics. He previously served as the Assistant District Attorney in Harris County before entering private practice as the retainer of the Special Investigations Committee of the Texas House of Representatives to investigate allegations of impropriety at various colleges and universities in Texas. In 2009 he was appointed a Commissioner of the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission by Governor Rick Perry.
Mr. Shults is also the national vice president of the Grand Order of Pachyderm Clubs, an organization that believes in improving the American government and erasing corruption, and a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel.
The performers had amazed Mr. Shults the most. “It’s just so flowing and challenging and athletic, all of it,” Mr. Shults said. “Yet they’re just so smooth.”
Shen Yun dancers perform ethnic and folk dances, like the Mongolian chopsticks dance, and classical Chinese dance. As the emcees explained, classical Chinese dance is a vast and independent system with hundreds of unique postures and movements. The form has been passed down through thousands of years, soaking up the wisdom of every dynasty and era.
“It’s so fluid in its movements, and yet so difficult to do … flawless,” Mr. Shults said.
“The grace of the dancers is what was for me the beauty of it,” Mrs. Shults said. “There is a grace in the faces of the dancers.”
Reporting by Sarah Guo and Catherine Yang
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