Claremont Mayor Thankful for Shen Yun Bringing Traditional Values to People

March 16, 2024

Shen Yun Performing Arts graced the stage at the Bridges Auditorium at Pomona College in Claremont, California, over the weekend.

Among the audience members was the city’s mayor, Sal Medina, who brought with him a welcome letter to congratulate the company on its success.

“The pageantry, the color, the movements, it was exciting. What I really enjoyed most about it is the storytelling without words and being able to really identify the story as it makes its way through.”

“It sends us to the past, goes through China’s history, all of the many years of tradition and all of the dances,” said Alex Mendes, vice president of Arlon Graphics. “You hear the music, you feel peace, the background takes you to a different place. The conjunction of everything, it was very, very nice.”

“Really enjoyed the dancing and the effects. The visual effects and how you molded in and out of the background, how the dancers did. The dancers are phenomenal, orchestra was great, it’s an overall great experience,” said Steve Hulsizer, a real estate sales professional at Home Town Realty.

Shen Yun showcases 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese culture through dance, music, and stories. Theatergoers appreciated the opportunity to experience ancient China from before communism and took note of a deeper message.

“Traditional values are something that many people are searching to find and reconnect with. And being able to see those traditional values, I think for me personally, it’s something that I’m searching for and dealing with,” Mr. Medina said. “Hopefully when we leave here, we leave better because of it. And we take this message and little by little, live it in our daily lives.”

“Everybody here in this world is special. We all should live in harmony. This is something that I think everybody should observe and be careful about what happens in our lives. So I think the message is a very positive message,” Mr. Mendes said.

For some audience members, Shen Yun is more than just a performance.

“Chinese culture, it goes so far back. There’s so much amazing beauty there. I love that that’s being brought back in this show,” said Dan Tamayo, an assistant professor at Harvey Mudd College.

“I love it, I think it’s an amazing show. It teaches you the culture of Chinese culture, that sometimes people don’t know how valuable and precious it is. And also the performers are amazing, very well done. I love it very much,” said Victor Rosales, a realtor and loan officer at Realty Masters & Associates.

“The Chinese culture is very rich, it’s very nice, it’s very beautiful. It has a lot of respect in culture. Many, many thousands of years. It is good that all new generations understand and know about it,” he added.

Shen Yun brings an all-new program to the stage every year.

NTD News, Claremont, California