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Li Cunxin


Chinese-born dancer who was simply a Primary Artist using the Australian Ballet from 1995 to 1999. He educated on the Beijing Dance Academy for seven years and continued to become listed on the Houston Ballet in 1979. He became Creative Director from the Queensland Ballet in 2012. He previously three children along with his second wife, Australian dancer Mary McKendry. His early skill for dance was acknowledged by the government from the People’s Republic of China, and he was selected by the ethnic advisors of Mao Tse Tung’s wife, Madame Mao (Jiang Qing), to review dance in america.

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Full Name Li Cunxin
Date Of Birth January 26, 1961
Place Of Birth Qingdao, China
Profession Dancer
Education Beijing Dance Academy
Nationality Australian, Chinese
Spouse Mary McKendry, Elizabeth Mackey
Children Sophie Li, Bridie Li, Thomas Li
Parents Fang Ruiqing, Li Tingfang
Siblings Li Cunsang, Li Cunyuan, Li Cungui, Li Cuncia, LI Cunmao, Li Cunfar
Movies Mao's Last Dancer
Star Sign Aquarius

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1The first ballet he ever danced was the Chinese revolutionary ballet "The Red Detachment of Women".
2He defected to the United States after getting the opportunity for a summer scholarship with the Houston Ballet.
3He is portrayed by Chi Cao in Mao's Last Dancer (2009). Li recommended Cao to portray him. Cao's parents were two of Li's former teachers at the Beijing Dance Academy.
4He shares similar experiences with Joan Chen, who portrayed his mother in Mao's Last Dancer (2009): both were born in 1961, they were picked at a young age to pursue an artistic career and they both came to the United States in 1981.



Mao's Last Dancer2009autobiography



Mao's Last Dancer2009executive: Bell Potter



Mao's Last Dancer2009special thanks



Australian Story2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Miradas 22010TV Series documentaryHimself
Huckabee2010TV SeriesHimself

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