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Danny Li

Principal Dancer

BIOGRAPHY

Born in: Sydney, Australia
With Shen Yun Since: 2010

Danny Li won second place in New Tang Dynasty Television’s 2016 International Classical Chinese Dance Competition (adult male division), after having tied for first place in the junior male division in 2014 and winning third place in the same competition in 2012. He studied classical Chinese dance at the New York-based Fei Tian Academy of the Arts and Fei Tian College.

 

Personally Speaking...

Chinese given name: Yǔ xuān.
Meaning of Chinese given name: Yǔ xuān is short for the idiom qì yǔ xuān áng (氣宇軒昂), usually translated as “having an impressive bearing.”
Most challenging dance: Poets of the Orchid Pavilion (2016).
Most prominent strength: I have long arms and legs, and so I can elongate and stretch the dance moves.
Favorite dance story: Our adaptations from the classic novel Journey to the West.
Favorite aspect of classical Chinese dance: The physical bearing aspect of it, which we specifically train. It’s basically the physical expression of a person’s inner-world. And because everyone is different and unique, it reflects your inner self in a unique way.
Favorite ethnic dance: Tibetan, because of the harmonious rhythms and wide, billowing silk sleeves.
Favorite folk dance: The yang ge folk dance style from northeastern China, because of its robust movements.
Favorite prop: The ribbons from the yang ge dance High Spirits at the Yellow River (2014).
Most interesting interaction with an audience member: After one performance, I went to a nearby Starbucks and a lady came up, two hands in the air and repeated said: “You guys were the most beautiful things I ever saw.” Someone else said to me: “You guys just made my life tonight!” That was a very memorable one.
Find the most meaningful about dancing with Shen Yun: That we are able to help people recall the heavenly culture of China, that connection between Heaven, Earth, and humankind that could once be found around the world.

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