(Clearwisdom.net) DENVER--Mayor of Westminster, Colorado, Nancy McNally loves to sew, so when the Shen Yun Performing Arts' gorgeously costumed dancers began to perform, she was bedazzled. Ms. McNally was one of many enjoying the New York-based Shen Yun presentation of traditional Chinese culture, staged at the Buell Theater of the Denver Performing Arts Complex, April 18.

"It was fantastic. I love to sew so I always look at the costuming, and it is just brilliant," the mayor said. "I kept saying to Sam 'The flowing of that fabric is just amazing to me.'"

She also liked two dances Nothing Can Block the Divine Path and Astounding Conviction that highlight the current persecution of an ancient spiritual practice, Falun Gong.

"I liked the Buddhist part of it, too," she said. "I thought that was kind of calming."

Mayor Nancy McNally

"A very important message of hope for equality and justice"

Among the audience was Kate Schavey, also from Colorado. She said Shen Yun "was the most beautiful and talented performance of Chinese culture," she had ever seen. "It was visually stunning, and I just thought it was awe-inspiring."

Ms. Schavey, now retired from a profession in the field of computer science, emphasized, "It was very expressive, and I think there was a very important message of hope for equality and justice for the men and women of Tibet, Taiwan, and China."

She was with her husband, Bret Schavey, a systems engineer for a wireless networking company, who loved the show. "I thought it was beautiful--it was visually stunning and the message was very clear. The spiritualism that was involved was also something that I could appreciate," he said.

"I cannot talk because I'm going to cry"

Rachel Matossian, a school teacher from Brighton, Colorado, went through a long process to get tickets to see Shen Yun.

"And actually, I was trying to bring a lot of family and friends because I've never seen anything like this before," she said. "I just thought it was amazing, just the voices, the emotion and passion, everything they did and each thing was very different, ... like the story behind each little piece they did. So, I thought it was pretty amazing."

She didn't understand the historical aspects, but her father, Elie Matossian, was able to explain why a young man protested the persecution of the ancient meditation practice, Falun Gong, and unfurled a banner in Tiananmen Square.

The dance evoked memories of her Polish-born mother, Halina Matossian. She remembered the 1989 student protest massacre in Tiananmen Square when a young man stood in front of a tank to try and stop the killing.

Mr. Matossian interjected. "You know what I think? I think the meaning of the words, the English version, the translation of the words from Chinese to English has very, very deep meaning and it really lifts up your spirit--makes you really stop and think about what those words mean, which direction you are going. I think it is fascinating."

"We enjoyed it very much. I think it's a great show and we encourage everyone to come over and see it. I really do."

Mrs. Matossian said, "I cannot talk because I'm going to cry."

The Matossian family.