Classical Chinese dance, martial arts, and operatic dance are the very essence of China’s cultural sphere. Over the years, they have influenced and learned from one another. They have different objectives, but their movements and postures (shen-fa) and feeling are similar. When it comes to shen-fa, the highest achievement is “shen-dai-shou” (the body leads the hands), which has been passed down for thousands of years, and yet no one today knows how to do it or truly understands how to apply it.
Shen-dai-shou is also a method that has been persistently sought after by all kinds of dance forms and physical performing arts. It is a dance technique that people have been searching for since ancient times, something people have talked about but no one can do—it is the highest realm of artistic expression through physical movement. The founder, Artistic and Creative Director of Shen Yun Performing Arts, Mr. D.F., is the one who imparted this method. Shen-fa, moreover, also has the even better method of “kua-dai-tui” (the hips lead the legs), which modern people have not even heard about—an entirely lost art form. Having benefited from Mr. D.F.’s personal instruction in this method, Shen Yun now presents it to the public.
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