All-New Program

Shen Yun 2024

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.

Music of Shen Yun

Melodies That Capture the Spirit of Ancient China

How do you create the perfect harmony of East and West?

Shen Yun has succeeded in doing what many have tried and failed at: seamlessly blending both Chinese and Western instruments in one orchestra. Where else can you hear traditional Chinese instruments—like the soulful erhu and the delicate pipa—alongside violins, trumpets, and clarinets?

Shen Yun takes musical storytelling to a whole new level by combining the exquisite beauty of Chinese melodies with the grandeur of the Western orchestra. It’s a sound like no other. Discover for yourself why Shen Yun’s orchestra—which accompanies every performance, live—is garnering praise from leading musicians around the world.

  • Dancing for the Divine
  • Creation

Resounding Voices of Hope

Every performance is heightened by moving selections from the company’s classical singers—vocalists who have undergone exclusive training to master an ancient bel canto technique that was once lost. Each vocal piece is specially written for Shen Yun performances. With profound lyrics that probe the mysteries of life, these songs transcend the boundaries of race and culture, resounding with a message of hope and peace.

  • “The Purpose of Life”

Timeless Couture

From emperors dressed in dragon robes to celestial maidens with flowing sashes, Shen Yun’s costumes are truly a sight to behold.

With hundreds of colorful, handmade garments spanning China’s regions, dynasties, and ethnicities, every costume is inspired by authentic couture. Be it cloud capes and battle armor or ornate headdresses and flower-pot shoes, Shen Yun’s costuming stays true to history while breathing new life into fashion’s past. Many leading fashion designers around the world now consider Shen Yun a must see.

A Global Sensation

See Why Theaters Are Filled

A performance leaving millions in awe.

In just a few short years Shen Yun has grown to become an international phenomenon. Only a decade after its inception, Shen Yun now has seven dance companies and orchestras that simultaneously tour around the world, performing for royalty, entertainment celebrities, government leaders, and many other important figures in sold-out shows at the most prestigious of theaters.

Now is your chance to be a part of it. Don’t miss this opportunity to see what the world is talking about!

“A visual feast for your eyes. Simply gorgeous stage magic! A must see!”
—Broadway World (LA)
“Shen Yun is extraordinary—everyone should come see it."
—Celeste Holm, Academy Award-winning actress
“Love it. The artistry is really fantastic.”
—Drew Carey, actor, comedian and host of Whose Line Is It Anyway?
“Unbelievable… if you miss this show you miss the best show.”
—Richard Wolfe, former vice-president of technology at 20th Century Fox
“If heaven is the way we saw it tonight, count me in!”
—Nathaniel Kahn, Academy Award-nominated producer
“We knew it was going to be first class, but we did not expect it to be so spellbinding. A perfect evening!”
—Michael Combs, timpanist with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra