Piotr Huang’s dance teacher once told him: “At its highest realm, classical Chinese dance is not about movement. It’s about culture.”That lesson left a deep impression on the principal dancer as he has risen to international stardom with Shen Yun. He has discovered that when a dancer unlocks the depth of his art, he shows the audience all the decisions his civilization has ever made. Now when Piotr steps onstage, it’s as if he lives the legacy of his culture, embodying five thousand years of human experience. To him, each dance posture holds a hundred lifetimes and profound beliefs, as well as hope, loyalty, pain, and virtue. Be it the bold vision of a young emperor or the tenacity of the Monkey King, for Piotr, classical Chinese dance is more than an art form, it’s a way of life. Watch him tell his story through words and dance in this episode of Stars of Shen Yun.