Shen Yun

Shen Yun Returns to Grand Rapids, Feb. 14-15

BY Epoch Times Staff TIMEFebruary 13, 2015 PRINT

GRAND RAPIDS—Shen Yun Performing Arts will return to Grand Rapids, Mich. this Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 14-15. The world renowned traditional Chinese music and dance company will once again grace the stage of the De Vos Performance Hall located in the heart of Grand Rapids’s cultural district.

Last weekend the company presented five shows in Detroit, where enthusiastic audiences responded with standing ovations. Celia Livermore, a professor of information technology at Wayne State University, said that the beauty was “absolutely overwhelming!”

Her husband, Bill Callahan, a Wayne County judge felt the performance was enlightening.

The couple said they would absolutely recommend Shen Yun to others. “My husband was telling me as we were watching it, ‘We should come again.’ So we are planning to come again, definitely,” Ms. Livermore said.

“It’s exquisite to see people with so much flexibility, agility, and just beauty,” said Dr. Weatherspoon, who is a naturopathy and alternative medicine physician, business owner, and Spirit of Detroit award recipient.

“The values of traditional Chinese culture center on the premise of harmony between heaven and earth,” states the Shen Yun website.

Dr. Weatherspoon appreciated this, and said, “One of the things that stood out for me was that earth and heaven and all of us are one. I think that is worthy of praise.”

Shen Yun’s stories are depicted through classical Chinese dance, one of the most expressive and demanding dance systems in the world. The dancers are accompanied by an orchestra that blends Eastern and Western musical traditions, are adorned by beautiful costumes, and are surrounded by an animated backdrop that interacts with them.

Karolyn Leibovitz veteran dance instructor, who holds a degree in ballet, said, “The skill level is beyond anything imaginable.”

On it’s way to Grand Rapids, Shen Yun visited Lansing for the first time. The traditional Chinese dance and music company gave its first Lansing performance at Michigan State’s Wharton Center for Performing Arts on Feb. 11.

Shen Yun was an eye-opening experience for Lansing residents. Roy Saber, who owns Saber Gallery, felt that Americans offered a new world to explore. “It’s opening a door to a world that many people have not experienced,” Mr. Saber said.

He was amazed by the depth of the performances and said, “It’s beautifully choreographed, the orchestra is excellent and it is valuable because it introduces to those who might not know the culture and dance, a world that they did not know before coming here.”

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

Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reaction since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006

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