Banned Ballet

A show that's been banned in China for 15 years is coming to South Florida. And even though there's nothing risque about ballet and folk dances, even the least rebellious showgoer needs to know what's so taboo about this performance. Despite being banned by the Chinese government in 1999 for being associated with spiritual group Falun Gong, New York-based company Shen Yun has performed in more than 100 cities worldwide. And this Friday at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale, you can see the show with all new songs and dances. The performance illustrates 5,000 years of Chinese civilization by honoring heroes of ancient and modern times through classical and folk ballet dances. Plus the company's own live symphony orchestra accompanies the dances with tranquil piano solos and dramatic tenor pieces. Shen Yun is on Friday at 8 p.m., with four more shows over the weekend, at 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $60 to $200. Visit, or call 954-522-5334.
Fri., Jan. 31, 8 p.m., 2014
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Regina Kaza
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