Dance Teacher Overjoyed to See Shen Yun for Her Birthday

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RENO, Nev.—For Logan Egbert, tickets to see New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts, the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company, were a very special gift for a very special person.

“My wife is very into dance, [and is] very interested in the culture and the language. And so as a birthday gift to her, I thought this would be a great opportunity to learn more about China’s history and culture and enjoy the things that she’s interested in like music and dance,” Mr. Egbert, a builder and operator of geothermal power plants, said from the performance at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts in Reno.

Ms. Len, a dance teacher, was overjoyed when she discovered that her husband had bought tickets for Shen Yun.

“I love it. It’s so beautiful, so vibrant, it’s amazing. I feel like I’m right in there when I’m watching everything,” she said.

Each dance piece displays the essence of the traditional Chinese culture’s core values, through stories from ancient times to the present day.

“The way [the dancers] are … very calm and strong at the same time. They’re very soft and strong, and they just have a good spirit. You just feel inspired … to be better,” she said.

“You can tell that [Chinese culture] is something from heaven—so beautiful and touching.”

China’s five millennia history is founded upon the belief that its culture was a divine gift from heavenly beings. Thus, Shen Yun’s storytelling portrayed through dance has themes that underline the importance of living a moral life.

Mr. Egbert expressed appreciation for the spiritual content in many of the stories portrayed in Shen Yun and said he was interested to hear about other people’s beliefs.

“There’s a lot of different messages, and one of the great things about living in a country where you have freedom of speech, freedom of religion, is that you get to hear so many different voices, so many different ideas,” Mr. Egbert said.

“For me personally, as a person of faith, I think it’s really important to consider the origin of our beliefs and the origin of our culture, so it’s really special to get to see other people’s beliefs in this great presentation,” he said.

Reporting by NTD and Diane Cordemans.

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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