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 Post subject: Li Cunxin
PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2003 2:23 am 
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Article from the FT as a new book is published.

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It's a true rags-to-tights story. As a child Li Cunxin spent years just one scavenged meal short of starvation, dressed in clothes pieced together from scraps by his mother when she was not working in the fields.



Yet by the time he was 38, he had forged a career as one of the world's foremost ballet dancers with top choreographers clamouring to work with him; he was on first-name terms with George and Barbara Bush, and was able to act as an unofficial ambassador for China despite a very public and embarrassing defection almost two decades earlier.

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 Post subject: Re: Li Cunxin
PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2003 10:01 am 
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Hi!
I can't wait to read Li's book! He was one of my favorite dancers growing up in Houston, and I've been eagerly awaiting the publication of his autobiography.

A very close family friend who was involved with Houston Ballet (in the guild, or whatever it is referred to in Houston) was one of Li's early mentors and I've heard nothing but wonderful things about him as a person and as a dancer!

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