ROCHESTER, New York - Dr. Adam Urbanski, the president of the Rochester Teachers Association, praised Shen Yun Performing Arts for its educational value and portrayal of Chinese culture after watching the dance company perform at the Rochester Auditorium Theatre on Sunday afternoon, February 28th.
"This is what we are trying to teach our students at school," he said.
Dr. Urbanski is a former high school teacher and college professor and has also been involved in a number of other organisations as an executive member, including the American Federation of Teachers.
Shen Yun's presentation of classical Chinese performing arts and millennia-old, rich history and culture of China impressed the educator.
"We like the show very much, because we are learning about a culture that we don't know very much about," Dr. Urbanski said.
He said that he would recommend the show to his friends because "it's a beautiful show with beautiful dancing and music, and a lot of information about the culture of the largest country in the world."
Museum President Says Shen Yun "Demonstrates cultural exchange"
After watching the performance, Mr. Rollie Adams, president and CEO of the Strong National Museum of Play, said the show is very enjoyable.
"It's a wonderful show; it demonstrates cultural exchange and the wonderful arts of China."
The Strong National Museum of Play displays the history of play in the US. The museum features many exciting and unique exhibits and caters to people of all ages.
After watching the show, Mr. Adams said he received a message of "joy, sharing, [and] caring."
The dance Nothing Can Block the Divine Path, set in contemporary China, was particularly moving for Mr. Adams.
This scene shows the persecution of a family in China at the hands of the Communist regime for practicing the peaceful spiritual practice Falun Gong.
"[It] was just quite touching," he said.
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