Shen Yun Performing Arts Transcends the Human World, Says Taiwan Dance Instructor

March 13, 2023 ShareSHARE

TAINAN, Taiwan—On the afternoon of March 10, Shen Yun performed its third consecutive sold-out show at the Tainan Cultural Center Performing Hall. Dance instructor Weiwen Huang could barely hold back tears as she sat in the audience.

“Honestly, it was very touching! There were scenes in the program that sent an electric jolt through my whole body,” she said.

“I am a dance instructor myself. Yet I sat there thinking—they had moves that I can’t imagine doing myself! [Shen Yun’s] dance skills are of such a high caliber, and they were so synchronized. That’s something all of us dancers continuously strive for but can’t achieve. I wanted to learn from them—I was very focused.”

Shen Yun Performing Arts is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company. The New-York based artists have made it their mission to revive China’s 5,000 years of divinely-inspired culture that was destroyed by decades of communist rule and the regime’s spread of atheism.

Since its establishment in 2006, Shen Yun has since grown to include eight equally-sized companies that tour the world simultaneously to showcase the beauty of pre-communist China.

According to its website, the Shen Yun translates directly into “the beauty of divine beings dancing.” Ms. Huang thought it was an apt description.

“Their poise and their movements, the message they were trying to communicate with the audience—that’s not something an average person can imitate,” she said.

“I kept wondering as I watched them, ‘will I be able to I copy them?’ I don’t think so—[Shen Yun] is an expression of the essence and heart of so many artists—the divine must be helping them. They transcend the human world.”

She especially loved the Mongolian ethnic dance that used chopsticks as props. It had all the right elements—the combination of grace and strength.

“You can’t just be gentle and soft while you’re dancing, there must be a certain amount of power behind your movements. This is a takeaway that I’ll be sharing with my students in the future,” she expressed.

In addition to the dancing, Ms. Huang also loved Shen Yun’s stagecraft. To get a good view of everything, she chose to sit in the eighth row.

When the curtains opened, she saw streaks of golden and multi-colored light emitting from the stage. “I loved how those lights and energy made me feel—I was so happy. They shot straight to my heart and communicated with me,” she said.

“As an educator, I know I must continue to hone my craft and improve my teaching skills. In our daily lives, there are a lot of hardships that can make us lose our way. We must find our original passion, purify our hearts, and continue on—Shen Yun’s performance taught me that.”

Reporting by Epoch Times Staff in Tainan, Taiwan.

The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. We have covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.


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