It seems the Hong Kong Ballet will be short of one dancer for the next month. One of their corps de ballet (basically a group dancer, not a soloist) has asked for a month off. However, the sabbatical is not because of any injury, family problem or to gain additional training. Instead, dancer Li Yiran (pictured) will be a contestant in this year's Miss Asia contest. The mainland-born dancer joined the company in 2005 and even won the most promising newcomer award from the Friends of Hong Kong Ballet last year. However, the opportunities and lure of a beauty pageant were too much to resist compared to the tough discipline and low pay of a professional dance career. We wonder if she'll stop dancing if she wins or places in the top three in the contest. Unfortunately, attempts to talk to Li were turned down, as pageant reps won't let the girls do interviews on their own, unless at one of their functions with other contestants.