- Yuan Yuan Tan
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Yuan Yuan Tan is a principal dancer with
San Francisco Ballet. She was born in Shanghai in 1977, and entered Shanghai Dance School at the age of 11. Initially her father opposed.Fact|date=August 2008 He wanted her to become a medical doctor. Her mother, however, was very supportive. Her fate was settled on a piece of coin. The coin landed on head,Fact|date=August 2008 and Yuan Yuan Tan started her dancing career.
She won multiple international awards at early age.Fact|date=August 2008 At age 18, she became a solo dancer with San Francisco Ballet Company. Three years later, at age 21, she was promoted to Principal Dancer, attaining the highest position for a ballet dancer, a very unusually rapid upward path.Fact|date=August 2008
Her fame is much greater in China, as she is the most critically acclaimed ballet dancer ever coming out China, and to this day, the only Chinese ballet dancer to reach the rank of principal dancer at a major international ballet company.Fact|date=August 2008
She was the cover person for Time Asia's Heroes, 2004.
* [http://www.time.com/time/asia/2004/heroes/hyuan_yuan_tan.html Time Asia Heros 2004]
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