Magazine article Dance Magazine

Curtain Up

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Curtain Up

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As I write this, we've just gotten the heart-breaking news of the passing of Fernando Bujones. Like everyone else, I am stunned. It was only last June that he, his wife Maria, and I had a wonderful, joyous lunch together. He mischievously told me about the autobiography he was writing, and I asked to see it. In September he sent me a chapter. It was so vivid, suspenseful, and heartfelt that I couldn't put it down. But by the time I emailed Fernando to tell him I wanted to use it for the magazine, he had been diagnosed with cancer.

So it is bittersweet, to say the least, to be able to bring you that excellent chapter. It is the story of a boy who had a dream and worked hard to attain it. But it's more than Bujones' story alone. It describes an exhilarating moment in dance history when, in 1974, Bujones became the first American male to win the gold medal at Varna. As we all know, Bujones soon surpassed his dream and reached superstar status, thrilling audiences wherever he danced. See the "Transitions" page for the memories of dancers who worked with him.

It was Bujones' strong wish for DANCE MAGAZINE readers to experience the story that was the turning point of his life. He continued to make careful corrections and adjustments to the edited version up until the week he died. His fierce dedication, love of dance, and sense of humor are all there in this story.

To ring in the New Year, we have two new sections. The first is "Vital Signs," which leads off our news department, "Dance Matters. …

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