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Born in Shanghai, Ming-Hai Wu was accepted at China’s most prestigious ballet school at the age of nine. Seven years later, Mr. Wu graduated from Shanghai Ballet School at the top of his class and immediately joined the Shanghai Ballet Company as a principal dancer. In thirty years, he has danced numerous principal and solo roles in the great opera houses of China, Europe and the United States. As a principal dancer with the Shanghai Ballet (1979 - 1987), Mr. Wu danced major roles in Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Coppelia, Le Corsaire, Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Carmen, The Nutcracker, Ballanchine’s Tarantella, Napoli and Flower Festival at Genzano. Mr. Wu won the Second National Chinese Ballet Competition in 1987. and received a scholarship from San Francisco Ballet in 1988. In 1990 he became the first Chinese dancer to join the company. The following year he was promoted to soloist and achieved great critical acclaim, both locally and on extensive tours in the United States and Europe. In 1999 Mr. Wu established The Ming-Hai Wu School of Ballet to help cultivate an appreciation of dance in the next generation of his chosen community.
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