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Mao’s last dancer - Li Cunxin
by Adriano Di Prato - Wednesday, 29 May 2013, 3:41 PM
Marcellin College is proud to present international guest speaker Li Cunxin, author of his acclaimed autobiography, Mao’s Last Dancer.

All members of the community are invited to take part in an evening of inspiration as the College hosts Li Cunxin for a once in a life time guest appearance.

Li Cunxin’s journey is simply remarkable. He was born into utter poverty in Mao’s Communist China. At a very young age Li was selected to train at Madame Mao’s Beijing Dance Academy. The seven years of harsh training at the Beijing Dance Academy taught him discipline, resilience, determination and perseverance. Li’s astounding drive and relentless work made him one of the best dancers in the world.

Li then made a successful career transition from ballet into finance. He was a senior manager at one of the largest stockbroking firms in Australia. Li served on the boards of the Bionics Institute, The Australian Ballet and Councillor of the Australian Council for the Arts. He was named 2009 Australian Father of the Year. Li is the new Artistic Director of Queensland Ballet.

The inspirational story of Li’s life is recounted in his memoir Mao’s Last Dancer, which quickly rose to number one on the Australian bestseller list and won the Book of the Year Award in Australia and received the Christopher Award for literature in the USA. It went on to become an international bestseller. It’s in the 52nd reprint. Mao’s Last Dancer is now a blockbuster film.

Li’s story is a living example of overcoming adversity and achieving excellence in life.

Date: Tuesday 16th July
Time:  7pm

Venue: St. Marcellin’s Hall

Cost: $5.00 per person

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