Shen Yun Performing Arts has become China's leading classical dance company in just over a dozen years. It has grown from one to six equal dance groups touring each year with a whole new program around the globe. One of these contingents will be in Anchorage, Alaska, April 26-28.
Officers from various levels of government greeted Shen Yun before he arrived.
Representative Land Pruitt, the minority minority leader in Alaska legislation, wrote a letter thanking Shen Yun Performing Arts for sharing his mission of reviving the almost-lost traditional Chinese culture.
"Thank you again for bringing this wonderful performance to Alaska, which has seen many of the biggest stages in the world and encompasses 5,000 years of Chinese culture and tradition," said Pruitt.
Senator Elvi Gray-Jackson also welcomed the company, looking forward to the opportunity to witness something she knew was not only uplifting, but entertaining and educational.
"It's exciting that you bring 5,000 years of Chinese culture through the universal language of music and dance," wrote Gray-Jackson. "We look forward to hosting you and your inspirational cultural phenomenon of music and inspiration."
Senator Chris Birch also expressed his appreciation.
"Shen Yun's mission to preserve and revive 5,000 years of Chinese culture and connect the cultures of the East and the West is truly admirable," he wrote. "Cultural preservation is critical to the preservation of our human identities."
Governor Michael J. Dunleavy welcomed the group and thanked Shen Yun for his "desire to educate and inspire Alaskans with their accomplishments."
"I am grateful for the Shen Yun Performing Arts' desire to bring nations together through art, and I am grateful for their contribution to the cultural diversity of our communities," Dunleavy wrote.
Senator of the United States, Dan Sullivan, was pleased to welcome SHen Yun to his home state as well.
"We are honored to have you – the very talented dancers, orchestra members, choreographers, composers and conductors – in Alaska to share this world-renowned performance with us," he wrote.
"Special events like this are a wonderful opportunity to share our different traditions and heritage with the community," Sullivan wrote.
"I know that the participants will be inspired by the music, dance and performances that Shen Yun will show during these two days as you bring the audience through 5,000 years of Chinese culture."
United States Representative Don Young congratulated Shen Yun on its far-reaching impact.
"The positive impact you have contributed to our society by sharing this beauty and energy is something to be proud of," he wrote.
The Epoch Times sees Shen Yun Performing Arts as a major cultural event of our time and has covered the audience's response since the company's inception in 2006.