MINNEAPOLIS—“The dancers are so incredibly talented,” said dance educator, Jeneca Frederiksen. “They have wonderful, incredible technique and their execution of everything was just flawless; it was lovely to see.”
Shen Yun, based in New York, aims to revitalize 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese civilization.
At the heart of New York-based Shen Yun is classical Chinese dance. The comprehensive dance system is unique in its movements, technical demands, and inner meaning.
“It was definitely a great thing for me to see as a dance educator. I took things that I can now bring into my classes and use in my choreography—different ideas that I can take and expound on,” she said.
“It uses flow, it uses movement, it uses different movements of artistry, acrobatics, the groundedness and also the lovely lifts and leaps and such,” she added.
The acrobatics Mrs. Frederiksen referred to is part of classical Chinese dance. In fact, acrobatics as a form is derived from this comprehensive and expressive dance system that developed over hundreds of years.
“I don’t know much about dance, but I enjoyed it, and it was very impressive,” Mr. Frederiksen said. “It was cool to see the acrobatics and the unison that the dance group had.”
Interspersed between dances are vocal and instrumental pieces. Mrs. Frederiksen admired the combinations she saw of different musical instruments, of the vocalists in contrast to the dancers, “as well as bringing in all the different aspects of Chinese culture.”
She enjoyed the dancers use of props and their many costumes, “all just to show this beautiful lightness.”
“It was a beautiful performance,” she said.
Reporting by Valerie Avore and Sharon Kilarski
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit Shen Yun Performing Arts.
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