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Dancer Says Shen Yun show ‘Expands the horizon’

Posted by Author on February 1, 2010

By Jack Phillips, Epoch Times Staff, updated jan 31, 2010-

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.— The second Shen Yun performance drew artists, dancers, and dignitaries from around the Jacksonville area on the afternoon of Jan. 31.

Ms. Vongsay, who owns a franchised dance studio, was in attendance.

She found Shen Yun to be “so very beautiful, beautiful” with “elegant costumes and it tells a story and the history. So you walk out learning something. Definitely something that I would come back for.”

Ms. Vongsay comes from a ballroom and Latin dance studio background, competing in cabaret and professional theater arts. “I could really appreciate the arts and some of the differences and the inner relations between the different forms of dance,” she said after the performance.

Classical Chinese dance is an original art form. Ballet, gymnastics and acrobatics all derive their movements from classical Chinese dance, which has a history of several thousand years, says Shen Yun’s website.

Ms. Vongsay, who was a former competitive gymnast as well as a finalist in the United States Ballroom Dance Championship in 2000, noted the dancer’s skills. “I could see that,” she said. “So that was something very interesting that I learned.”

She was impressed with the female dancers’ skills during the performance. The “female dancers were phenomenal—great strength and control. Very flexible and very elegant. Very, very nice,” she added. “I enjoyed it a lot.”

The performance, she said, “expands the horizon” for the arts and dance. “They are more grounded in a lot of things that they do,” Ms. Vongsay added. “The technique was very good. Good and into action. So I liked it a lot—truly enjoyed it.”

Shen Yun’s performances feature both male and female dancers. Some dance pieces are comprised of only male dancers while some others have only female dancers. “The male [dancers were] very, very good,” she said, adding that her son “after he’s born he’ll be learning Chinese classical dancing.”

After watching Shen Yun, she “wishes” she could dance but can’t because she is five months pregnant.

“Actually I shared with my friend, ‘My son is going to be dancer,'” she said. “When I was watching the show, I said ‘I don’t care what my husband says. He is going to be dancing.’”

The Epochtimes

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