Enter the Dragon

Huang Doudou, one of China's most talented dancers and choreographers, is performing a tough balancing act. The 1.7-m 24-year-old from Wenzhou is bowling well under 100 and trying not to look flustered. After all, this is the guy who can pirouette 11 times in succession without mussing a hair, and became a national sensation by whirling, seemingly airborne, on the head of a drum. But tonight he is getting out-bowled—badly—and by a girl. He grins and we play again. And again. And again. By the end of the night he's throwing strikes and I'm nursing a sore shoulder and a purple...

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