All-New Program

Shen Yun 2018

Classical Chinese Dance

An Ancient Art Form

How is an art form thousands of years old still so amazing and fun to watch?

Grace. Beauty. Energy. Thrilling leaps and spins. Classical Chinese dance has it all.

Classical Chinese dance is extraordinarily diverse and boasts a wealth of techniques. It has been cultivated over millennia to become the comprehensive dance system we know today—one that is both elegant and exceptionally athletic.

Performers of classical Chinese dance must connect every movement with their innermost feelings. With a steady gaze following an outstretched arm or the swift point of a finger, dancers can vividly convey emotions and breathe life into the historical figures they portray.

Classical Chinese dance is a window into traditional Chinese values and aesthetics, and the perfect way to preserve precious traditions. That is why it’s the art at the heart of Shen Yun.

Discover a Lost World of Magic and Miracles

Which classic hero would you like to meet? A mischievous monkey who can fly? An imperial general forced to become an outlaw? Or a man who fights tigers with his bare hands, but only when drunk?

Shen Yun’s story-based dances are drawn from China’s 5,000-year-old culture—a bottomless treasure trove filled with engaging adventures and mystical creatures with magical powers. Breathing life into these legends, Shen Yun highlights values that inspired the ancients for millennia, and that continue to resonate with all of us today.

A Divine Culture

Enter the Gates of a Lost Civilization

Since the dawn of Chinese civilization, Chinese culture has been rooted in spiritual traditions. The ancients believed that their culture was divinely inspired. They told of divinities bestowing wisdom from the heavens, and believed that good is always rewarded and evil gets its due.

These beliefs endured five millennia, until the Chinese Communist Party seized power some 60 years ago. Since then, the atheist regime has sought to destroy all remnants of China’s cultural and spiritual heritage.

But now, we invite you to revisit this lost civilization, and see how Shen Yun is reviving authentic traditions through music and dance. While you can’t see a performance like this in China today, outside of China—where the arts enjoy freedom from censorship—you can.

Here is your chance to enter a world where fantasy becomes reality, and where faith and hope are rediscovered.