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Shen Yun ‘Just Incredible,’ Says Ballet Dancer

ATLANTA—Ballet dancer Camirose Clauss thought Shen Yun Performing Arts put on an “incredible” performance at the Atlanta Symphony Hall on Jan. 7.

“It was a wonderful perspective, and refreshing,” said Ms. Clauss, who dances with the Ballet Conservatory of Atlanta. “The colors, the choreography, … it was just incredible. The music, just the whole thing, the whole time.”

Based in New York, Shen Yun features classical Chinese dance and music and aims to revive the beauty of China before communism.

Watching the performance, Ms. Clauss said she learned that it’s important to remain steadfast in one’s faith.

“That’s what helped me the most,” she said.

Ms. Clauss’s father, Kevin Clauss, said she agrees with that sentiment.

“You should be able to stand up for your beliefs,” said Mr. Clauss, who works as a project manager.

Mr. Clauss added that he thought the performance was “amazing,” and said he particularly enjoyed Shen Yun’s patented projected backdrops interacting with the dances on the stage.

“It was wonderful,” he said.

‘Quite Blown Away’

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Scott W. Hodgman at the Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Atlanta Symphony Hall, on Jan. 7, 2023. (NTD)

Scott W. Hodgman, who works in strategy and design, and is also a published author and poet, said he was “quite blown away” by Shen Yun.

“It is fantastic,” Mr. Hodgman said.

He said that he and his family are avid art followers and go to many performances, but he has never seen another performance be able to appeal to such a wide range of members of the public.

“We’ve come to many performances. We’ve never seen this kind of pull and energy,” Mr. Hodgman said. “I don’t think it’s so much the time of the year, I think it’s the performance. I think it’s Shen Yun that brought this out.”

Mr. Hodgman said he enjoyed hearing the emcees introduce the different dance pieces, and appreciated the storylines in the dances.

“I feel the inspiration. You could feel the rootedness of it. You could tell a story, the story can be wonderful. The language can be beautiful, the words can be lovely, when the story’s told also with a passion and meaning, connected to history, heritage, and lived experience, identity,” he said.

“It comes across with something and you feel it. It makes you want to live that way where you are connected to your history and story.”

Mr. Hodgman added that the audience could feel the “love and passion” that the performers have for the “history that they are telling” and the “identity they’re recovering,” and said he found the “connection” that the performers have to be inspiring.

Shen Yun will be staging two more performances in Atlanta on Jan. 8.

Reporting by NTD and Frank Xie. 

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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