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Written by the author who was raised in a desperately poor village during the height of China's Cultural Revolution, this book tells the story of how he came to be Mao's last dancer.
Li Cunxin was born in a village near the city of Qingdao, northern China, in 1961. At the age of eleven, he was chosen to become a student at the Beijing Dance Academy. After attending a summer school in America, he defected to the West and became a principal dancer for the Houston Ballet. Li now lives in Australia with his wife and their three children.