Storylines in Shen Yun Dances Are ‘Timeless’

January 4, 2015

ATLANTA—Javier and Joanne Estrella found Shen Yun Performing Arts, the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company, to be an amazing performance.

They saw Shen Yun at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Jan. 3.

“I like the stories, they’re powerful stories and of course the dance technique is very precise and the music is wonderful,” said Mr. Estrella, a management consultant with a major consulting firm.

Mr. Estrella said he didn’t expect the dance performances to have storylines, but was pleasantly surprised to see all dance pieces were story-based. “The stories were all wonderful,” he said.

According to the Shen Yun website, “Shen Yun’s mini-drama pieces draw upon stories and legends that span China’s history from the Yellow Emperor and through the Tang and Song dynasties and all the way to the modern day.”

Mr. Estrella said the stories in the dances are timeless.

“You can still relate to it today, filled with emotion,” he said.

Ms. Estrella said she enjoyed seeing Chinese culture presented in the performance, and adored all the colors in the show.

“It’s amazing. I love all the colors and the costumes, and just the history behind it. It’s really eye-opening,” she said.

She expressed hope that Shen Yun can some day perform in China. Shen Yun, which is based in New York, was formed by a group of overseas classical Chinese artists who wish to revive China’s divinely inspired culture. The dance company travels around the world each year with all new programming, but currently cannot perform in China.

“It’s so sad that they are advocating for Chinese culture in spite of the Chinese government. I’m glad we get to enjoy it and I like their mission,” added Mr. Estrella.

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

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