Posted : 2014-01-10 17:12
Updated : 2014-01-10 17:12

Ballerino Lee Sang-man dies at 66

Lee Sang-man
Ballerino Lee Sang-man died of acute lymphoblastic leukemia, Wednesday. He was 66.

Lee was born in 1948 and studied at Hanyang University. In 1975, he became the first Korean ballerino to receive a master's degree in dance.

Lee entered the Im Seong-nam ballet troupe in 1970. Soon afterwards, he danced with the Korean National Ballet as one of its inaugural members.

In 1977, he joined the National Ballet Illinois, becoming the first Korean ballerino to sign with a foreign ballet company.

He returned to Korea in 1985 and founded the Lee Ballet, creating productions including "When Buckwheat Blossoms," "Female Shaman Painting" and "Arirang."

  • 1. Choo Sung-hoon loses to Mina after a hard-fought match
  • 2. LG Uplus aims for telecom 'game changer'
  • 3. English-speaking people favor 'Hi Seoul' over new slogan: survey
  • 4. Indonesia to attract Korean golfers
  • 5. Choo Sung-hoon's grit touches UFC Seoul event
  • 6. President to support stronger climate action
  • 7. Seol Hyun on a roll
  • 8. S. Korea, Japanese, Chinese health ministers agree to jointly tackle MERS
  • 9. Kakao, KT get preliminary licenses for online banks
  • 10. NK's submarine missile test failed: officials