OK, now the dancers are skilled and some of their routines were beautiful but about half-way into the piece, I began to feel like I was being preached at. I do not LIKE being preached at, ESPECIALLY when they cloak the preaching in song and dance and aren't up front with their intent! I almost laughed out loud when they stated, in a narrative, half-way through, that they performed all over the world but weren't allowed to perform in China. Well, no wonder!
So, if you want to see real Chinese classical dance, look for a group based in China (we saw one in Shanghai that was just FABULOUS). If you, like I, go to concerts to be culturally expanded but NOT to be converted to a specific religion or POV, avoid Shen Yun.
End of warning... Even though the tickets were free, I wish I'd stayed home and stitched!