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Alexander Godunov...we were sitting on the wall outside of NYC Ballet and saying to the Russian dancers, "Defect!" LOL, when we got home and watched the news, we learned that Godunov had defected.


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Alexander Godunov, Actor: Die Hard. He was born on Sakhalin Island at the far eastern end of the former Soviet Union and began studying dance at age 9 in the Riga State Ballet School. He later said his mother put him there to prevent his becoming "a hooligan". One of his classmates and friends at the school was Mikhail Baryshnikov. After graduating he toured with the Moscow Classical Ballet. He joined the Bolshoi in 1971; there he ...


Mikhail Baryshnikov and Alexander Godunov at Riga Choreography School.