Li Cunxin – Mao’s Last Dancer, has a new challenge as the Artistic Director of the Queensland Ballet

Li Cunxin introduces Queensland Ballet‘s Season 2013

The 2013 Season of  San Francisco Ballet just began.  We watched the first performance:  Program 1 -Suite en Blanc, In the Night, Borderlands, which are excellent!   It is indeed very timely that my sister-in-law in Melbourne just sent me this article about Li Cunxin, the Mao’s Last Dancer, who has now become the Queensland Ballet’s artistic director.  His new challenge is to transform the Queensland Ballet.  I’ve clipped his introduction of the ballet’s season 2013 from You-tube.  You can also see that in this article: “the last dance revels in the heat of a new challenge.”

“Li Cunxin (pronounced “Lee Schwin Sing”) is a remarkable man born of a remarkable story. He has published a remarkable book about his extraordinary life. In his runaway best-selling autobiography, Mao’ s Last Dancer, Li recounts his determination, perseverance, vision, courage and hard work, and in particular, the sacred family values and integrity that he learned in poverty-stricken China, which has driven him to become one of the best dancers in the world.”

If you are interested in his story, read his official website:


His story has become a best-seller which was later made into a film in 2009.  Li has then become world-famous.  I watched this movie during a trip when I was flying on a plane some years ago.  I was touched by Li’s determination and perseverance.  Undoubtedly he is very successful now, as the Artistic Director of Queensland Ballet.  But we only got a glimpse of his hard work from the book and the movie.  Success will not happen in a day.  I like what he said,

“Days are not long enough, so much to learn – and share – and achieve.” Li Cunxin.

That’s how he has also become a motivational speaker.  His story is inspirational to many artists who are still struggling, and to many young artists that hard work is the key to success, although you also need a bit of the luck.

Let us celebrate his success by re-visiting this wonderful movie’s  trailer which is now posted on You-Tube. You may also find the movie in the library.  Enjoy!

Mao’s Last Dancer -Trailer


6 Comments Add yours

    1. friendlytm says:

      Thanks for stopping by and your comments.

  1. Rubyred says:

    Enjoyed both the book and the movie. Thanks for the update. I remember he was into finance but that was sometime ago.

    1. friendlytm says:

      Thanks so much for your comments. I am glad that you are interested.

    1. friendlytm says:

      Oh, that’s why you are interested in Li. I only learned about his new ventures from my brother who is also in Australia.

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