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Li Cunxin

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Hear from Chinese-Australian Li Cunxin AO, author of Mao's Last Dancer and current Artistic Director of the Queensland Ballet. His memoir tells the story of adapting to change and overcoming adversity.

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Dancing through change and challenge

Li was born in China and was selected to study at Beijing Dance Academy. Upon his graduation, he received a cultural exchange scholarship to America.  Li subsequently became a principal dancer with Houston Ballet and then The Australian Ballet and won multiple prestigious dance awards. He retired from dancing in 1999 and made a successful career transition from ballet into finance.  

In 2003, Li published his international best-selling autobiography, “Mao's Last Dancer”, which quickly rose to number one on the Australian bestseller list. This book also won multiple awards and was adapted into a blockbuster film in 2009.  

Li is currently the Artistic Director of Queensland Ballet.


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