Is Shen Yun Dance Chinese Ballet?
In short: no. Shen Yun dancers perform classical Chinese dance, along with a range of traditional Chinese ethnic and folk dance styles.
Whereas ballet’s historical roots are firmly planted in European culture, classical Chinese dance is built on traditional Chinese aesthetics. It was passed down among the people, in imperial courts, and through ancient plays. Over thousands of years, it was constantly refined, eventually developing into the vast and distinct dance form we know today.
Classical Chinese dance has its own systematic training and encompasses many types of leaps, turns, flips, spins, and tumbling techniques that have not historically been part of ballet. It is a dance form as ancient as Chinese civilization itself, and it contains China’s deep cultural traditions. This renders its movements richly expressive, such that personalities and feelings can be portrayed with great clarity.
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