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@hanworthhouse

Company class in Suzhou we got to observe. Taken by #licunxin and then wardrobe so much fun! What a fabulous opportunity to see how hard all these ballet dancers work #chinatour #qldballet swipe ➡️ for more

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@hanworthhouse

Reunited with some of our beautiful dancers in Suzhou @davidpower_ @louspichtig @linakimwheatstone #chinaadventure #qldballet #licunxin@nenekayoshida

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@hanworthhouse

Qingdao highlight getting to know the wonderful family of #licunxin, enjoy their famous dumplings and be welcomed into their homes and hearts ♥️ an unforgettable experience #chineseadventure #qldballet swipe ➡️ for dumpling action photos at Qingdao, Shandong

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@hanworthhouse

Qingdao ...an Olympic city where we ate ourselves silly and where #licunxin walked us through his village and the land where he grew up and was plucked and set on the path of his ballet success story. Today a thriving and vibrant city ! #chineseadventure #qldballet at Qingdao, Shandong

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@hanworthhouse

Shanghai roaming. What a fabulous city. And congrats @qldballet on the opening night of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Simply divine every minute #qldballet #chinaadventure #shanghai #tillytheteapot #licunxin swipe ➡️ for more shots at Shanghai, China

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@ruedechabrol

Bespoke - @qldballet you exceeded my expectations again! Performance, a film AND a photographic exhibition.

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@dijana_online

Through change there is uncertainty, judgement and struggle and in some cases, it may be that we are all in a race against time. We need to ask ourselves - Why do we continue to do what we do, it we know by doing something different, it could bring us to something better? #queenslandballet #bespoke #licunxin #davidkelly #craigdavidson #sensoryoverload #lovemylife #livealifeyouwillremember at BRISBANE POWERHOUSE

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@hanworthhouse

Hello from Shanghai. So excited to be touring with the @qld ballet as #licunxin takes our ballet for the first time to his birthplace. First stop Shanghai. A bucket list kind of event right? #qldballetinchina #mychinaadventure at People's Park (Shanghai)

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@luxetluminos

Li Cunxin (born 26 January 1961) is a Chinese-Australian former ballet dancer turned stockbroker who is now the artistic director of the Queensland Ballet in Brisbane, Australia. #ballet #china #artistdirector #queenslandballet #abcnews #oneplusone #interview #stockbroker #personal #life #childhood #dancer #brisbane #australia #digitalart #procreate i #iphone #Qingdao #Tsingtao #Chinese: #shandongprovince #davidhockney #tatemodern #moma #paris #louvre #abudhabi #dubai #nyc #licunxin at Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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@portraitau

Li Cunxin has been painted by Jun Chen as part of ‘20/20: Celebrating twenty years with twenty new portrait commissions’ Li is the artistic director of the Queensland Ballet. Born into an impoverished family in rural Qingdao, China, Li’s career as a ballet dancer led him from being selected for the Beijing Dance Academy to training in the United States. For sixteen years he performed with the Houston Ballet. Having danced with and then marrying the Australian Mary McKendry, in 1995 he became principal artist with the Australian Ballet. His autobiography ‘Mao’s Last Dancer’ was adapted into a feature film in 2009. Li was Australian Father of the Year in 2009 and Queensland’s Australian of the Year in 2014, and has two honorary doctorates. Li Cunxin, 2017–2018 by Jun Chen Commissioned with funds provided by Tim Fairfax AC 2018 #portraitau #LiCunxin #JunChen #2020portraits at National Portrait Gallery

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@movemountainsdance

Find your freedom and fly. . . Contemporary dance classes for adults. . . Expressive movement classes for children. . . There is no ‘one way’ to dance... Move Mountains Dance encourages individualism and unique interpretation. Enrol now for term 4 commencing October 17th. #movemountainsdance #contemporarydance #dance #expressivedance #macedonranges #macedon #licunxin

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@moniquetaylor_sg

Queensland Ballet Private Studio Experience with Li Cunxin (Mao’s last dancer). What a wonderful evening! #ballet #licunxin #private #studio #dance #queenslandballet #brisbane #australia #culture #performingarts #westend at Queensland Ballet

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@allplayau

AllPlay Dance is officially launched! What an absolute honour to have Li Cunxin, artistic director of @qldballet in attendance at Deakin University to run a life-changing and unforgettable ballet masterclass #allplay #allplaydance #qldballet #licunxin #allabilitiesdance at Deakin University, Melbourne Burwood Campus

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@sophdevivre

Met Li Cunxin today! at Immigration Museum

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@a_peaceful_day

When Li Cunxin’s mother collapses after doing the laundry Young Cunxin realises it is not worth asking his aunt for help because she had tiny bound feet and could never walk that far. What a cruelty it was to cripple young girls for the sake of a good marriage. When I first visited China back in 1995 you could still see old women tottering around on their tiny, broken, ‘golden lotus’ feet. I bought these tiny shoes there on that long ago visit. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m currently reading Mao’s Last Dancer with my dancer daughter, @jemimahwebb2002 as part of a study of the Cultural Revolution that Li Cunxin describes so vividly in his book. His courage and determination to become more than a little peasant boy is inspiring and the book, written in Li’s own words is unputdownable. Have you read it? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ #licunxin #maoslastdancer #penguinviking #penguinaustralia #penguinbooks #booklover #bibliophile #amblesideonline #amblesideonlineyear11 #livingbooks #bookstagram

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@bahamiandreams

Miss 11 asked me in March if we could go to Melbourne for the QB performance. Here we are! #queenslandballet #ballet #melbourne #thearts #hermajestystheatre #orchestravictoria #amidsummernightsdream #licunxin

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@move3124

Very excited to attend 'Mao's Last Dancer - The Li Cunxin Exhibition' at the Immigration Museum over the school holidays. I was fortunate to be taught by both Li and his wife, Mary McKendry in my first years of full time training (a long time ago!!). Li also signed my pointe shoes at one of the many workshops I attended at The Australian Ballet School in my youth. #maoslastdancer #licunxin #pointeshoe #fangirl #theaustralianballet #theaustralianballetschool #melbourne #ballet #arts #immigrationmuseum #flindersstreet #schoolholidays #movedancestudio #enrolnowfor2019

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@benn.day

Queensland Ballet 2019 Season Launch . Li Cunxin is one of the most passionate, talented, and inspirational arts 🎭 leaders I can think of. We first heard Li speak in 2013, not long after he was appointed artistic director of Queensland Ballet. That night we saw a program called ‘Elegance’. We haven’t missed a performance since. QB continues to go from strength to strength, with the 2019 season set to be no exception 🤩💪🍾🥂🤗✨⭐️💫🎼♥️ . . @qldballet @atqpac @qsorchestra @alondradlp . . . #ballet #brisbane #dance #romeoandjuliet #love #queenslandballet #ballerina #artistic #dancer #balletdancer #liamscarlett #kennethmacmillan #inspire #brisbanecity #dangerousliaisons #expression #licunxin #qb19 #brisbaneanyday #visitbrisbane #queensland #dancing #qpac #inspiration #qbjunior #followyourdreams #balletlife #moveboldly @sealyaustralia at QPAC

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@ouchanfabienshim_official

J’ai regardé un film extraordinaire « Le dernier danseur de Mao »sortie en 2010. C’est un fim biographique de Li Cunxin(李 存信),le premier ballerino chinois qui a traversé la frontière et la régime communiste totalitaire. Il découvre la liberté et la prospérité des USA...Hélas il a dû abandonner son pays natal et sa famille, après avoir goûté cette liberté, il ne peut plus retourner au pays. Son parcours me rappelle celui de Rodolf Noureev! C’est une victoire de l’humanité ! 非常に興味深い映画を見た。 «毛沢東の最後のバレリーノ» 2010年の映画である。貧しい田舎出身のバレリーの、Li Cunxinが米国研修を来て、恋に落ちて米国体制を延長しようとするが、共産党が反対しつつ、強制送還の危機から脱出(?)する過程を描いている。しばらく味わった自由は彼に祖国も、家族も、全てを捨てられるほど強烈なものだった。国際人権問題になって、最終的に共産党政府は彼の結婚を承認する。 I watched an extraordinary film "The Last Dancer of Mao" released in 2010. It is a biographical film of Li Cunxin (李 存 信), the first Chinese ballerino who crossed the border and the totalitarian communist regime. He discovered the freedom and prosperity of the US ... Alas he had to leave his homeland and his family, after having tasted this freedom, he can’t return to the country anymore. His career reminds me of Rodolf Nureyev! It's a victory for humanity! 꽤 흥미로운 영화를 보았다. « 마오쩌둥의 마지막 발레리노 » 2010년 영화이다. 가난한 시골 출신의 Li Cunxin이 미국 연수를 오게 되고 사랑에 빠지면서 미국 체제를 연장 하려 하나 공산당이 반대 하면서, 강제 송환의 위기에서 탈출(?)하는 과정을 그리고 있다. 잠시 맛 본 자유는 그에게 조국도, 가족도, 다 버릴 수 있을만큼 강렬한 것이었다. 국제적 인권 문제가 되자 결국 공산당 정부는 그의 결혼을 승인한다. #licunxin #ballerinochinois #chineseballetdancer #hustonballet #中国共産党🇨🇳 #自由 #mao at Beijing, China

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@choreography.by.katya

Thanks @dancetrainmag for sending me to review @qldballet production of #Cinderella 👠🧚🏼‍♀️💍 swipe ➡️➡️➡️ to see @annika.bdancer (KWDA student in the production, along with Ella, not pictured) and my review for #DanceTrain Magazine! #queenslandballet #ballet #ballerina #balletreview #cinderellaballet #brisbane #qpac #dance #dancer #dancers #youngdancers #principaldancer #licunxin @licunxin at Kimberley Woodger Dance Academy

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@charles_c_z_qin

Mao’s Last Dancer, Li CunXin. Natalia Smith did an amazing job on portraying him in a midst moment of Ballet. @bgsartshow #licunxin #ballet #sculpturetolive at Brisbane Grammar School

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@sarah2lady

Tune in to 3 mbs Thursday evening at 8.00pm when I speak to Li Cunxin , artistic director of the Queensland Ballet , author of Mao’s Last Dancer and storyteller extraordinaire. #illuminations #3mbsfinemusicmelbourne #ballet #amidsummernightsdream #LiCunxin

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@aguileraelma

#Cinderella at #QPAC From the creative Director #LiCunxin #QueenslandBallet at QPAC

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@beauty_full_xo

Saturday vibes, looking forward to seeing the gorgeous @sweetlisa22 in Cinderella with the @qldballet soon, before this beauty retires xo

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@melacooke

Living Legends by Laura Smith & Wild Forms by Peter Steller & Mela Cooke at Urban Paradise Gallery Woolloongabba 1-16 Sept. Li Cunxin & Darren Lockyer appreciating the sculptures & paintings! #urbanparadisegallery #bronze #brinzesculpture #melacookesculpture #bronzeartwork #licunxin #darrenlockyer #melacooke.com #livinglegends #wildforms #sculpturebrisbane #sculptureaustralia #sculpturequeensland

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@snapandscribe

Mao’s Last Dancer at Immigration Museum

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@balletosorno

Li Cunxin es un destacado bailarín de ballet chino con una historia de vida interesante, con un inicio difícil,a ratos trágico. Hoy Li Cunxin es director artístico del Ballet de Queensland en Australia. Anteriormente bailó en el Ballet de Houston por 16 años y luego fue bailarín principal en el Ballet de Australia. Pero lo que hace su vida tan intersante son sus inicios: nace en China durante el gobierno comunista de Mao Zedong el año 1961, en una zona rural. Su familia es extremadamente pobre, muchas veces no tienen qué comer. Los padres de Li mantienen a duras penas a sus 7 hijos. A los 11 años su vida da una vuelta inesperada: es admitido a la Academia de Danza de Beijing. Durante 7 años permanece en esta academia, en la cual los alumnos son entrenados por 16 horas diarias. Luego, gracias al director artístico del Ballet de Houston, Ben Stevenson, quien por dos semestres da clases en la Academia de Danza de Beijing, la vida de Li nuevamente da un giro inesperado, dándole además la oportunidad de ayudar a su familia a tener una mejor calidad de vida. Li lo arriesga todo. Si no tienen panoramas para esta noche de sábado y quisieran saber más sobre este gran bailarín y su vida, les recomendamos ver la película "El Último Bailarín de Mao". Está disponible en YouTube y está basada en la autobiografía de Li Cunxin. Es una buena e interesante película que los llenará de esperanza e ilusión, especialmente si son amantes del ballet. Qué la disfruten!

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@georgiamadeleneboyd

A truly amazing man who has achieved incredible success despite coming from nothing! #maoslastdancer #maoslastdancerexhibition #licunxin #ballet #china #australia #usa #immigrationmuseum #melbourne @immigrationmuseum_melb at Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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@sierra_willows

A fan of historical novels and books related to ballet, I was naturally drawn to the autobiography Mao's Last Dancer which intertwines ballet and China’s history during Mao Zedong’s reign. The memoir recounts Li Cunxin’s journey from an impoverished village boy whose meals mainly comprised dried yams to a renowned professional dancer. What struck me most was Li‘s indomitable determination and courage, and his great love and filial piety towards his parents. Despite having to leave his family and hometown at a young age to train vigorously at Madame Mao's Beijing Dance Academy; despite the pain and exhaustion accompanying rigorous dance and academic classes; despite being uncertain of what the future holds in store for him, Li braved all the hardships with incredible perseverance and passion for ballet, practising tirelessly in order to improve and become a better dancer. He made the courageous decision to follow his destiny of freedom and stay in America. Throughout his journey to stardom, he remained humble and never once forgot his beginnings - his parents. Other historical books I recommend are Tears of the Moon, The Good Women of China, Red Scarf Girl. Lastly, I would like to share a fable from the book. When Li was trying to master five consecutive pirouettes, his wise teacher asked him what he would do with a mango if he was lucky enough to be given this rare and wonderful fruit. "Eat it," Li answered. This was his teacher’s reply: "Why so impatient? I can understand that you want to taste the mango eagerly but the fun is in the process. First I would admire the unique shape, notice the colour, enjoy the smell. I would feel the weight, cut the skin and savour the fragrance. Perhaps I would taste the skin and even the nut if I were daring. Now comes the ultimate satisfaction, the pulp. Yes, you need to enjoy every step of the process, taste the many layers of the fruit and enjoy it for its full value. I want you to treat pirouettes in the same way. Be daring! Discover the secret and essence of pirouettes. If you don't go all the way and taste the pulp, someone else will. I dare you!" [read on 8 August 2018]

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@discultura

O jovem Li Cunxin está sentado quando homens estranhos chegam à procura de jovens camponeses que, depois de receberem a formação necessária, possam tornar-se os fiéis guardiães de visão de Mao. Adeus, China é um belo romance-histórico autobiográfico que narra um momento delicado daquela população e os passos que levaram Li a tornar-se um dos maiores bailarinos do mundo. #china #livro #discultura #licunxin #ballet

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@collarts

Today our Entertainment Journalism students visited the @immigrationmuseum_melb during their Entertainment, Fashion & Lifestyle journalism class with @kate_arnott. 🎟 Attending Mao’s Last Dancer The Exhibition, students looked at the portrait of Li Cunxin, a famous dancer who was selected at age 11 to attend Madame Mao’s Beijing Dance Academy, changing the trajectory of his life. at Immigration Museum

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@kate_arnott

‘Mao’s Last Dancer the exhibition: A portrait of Li Cunxin’ @immigrationmuseum_melb #licunxin #maoslastdancer #ballet #melbourne at Immigration Museum

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@distinctachievers

没有人关心你必须经历的过程,没有人关心借口,全世界都感兴趣的是结果,要么你是弱者还是强者,有能力或无能为力。你的结果决定了你的立场以及世界将如何对待你,我选择要强大,你呢。 #che #jackiechan #jackma #licunxin #chenanzhi

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@helloladyparts

So lucky to have Artistic Director Li Cunxin and Queensland Ballet visit us for the Noosa Alive festival. Gorgeous performance ! #licunxin #maoslastdancer #queenslandballet #noosaalivefestival

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@trudy_croad

A night tonight at the ballet...❤️ @noosa_alive #ballet #qldballet #licunxin #love

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@fruitypants_mcnutz

I literally just shook hands with Mao's Last Dancer. FOR REALZ! !!! Did you know he is the director of Queensland Ballet? Amazing. Here is me getting surprise snapped at their warm up. I'm in absolute awe. #maoslastdancer #queenslandballet #licunxin #Fruitypants #vegandancer #plantbaseddancer #RawkousLiving #PrettyMuchRaw

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@3aw693

Best known as Mao’s Last Dancer, the incredible Li Cunxin stopped by today to chat about his life as an exhibition at @immigrationmuseum_melb 🤗 #dance #ballet #licunxin #maoslastdancer

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@aagonthego

Fantastic night at the Empire Theatre watching Swan Lake with our BMW customers. A beautiful production by the Queensland Ballet. Lovely to have Li Cunxin and the performers at the after show function. #toowoombabmw #aagonthego #queenslandballet #swanlakeballet #licunxin at Empire Theatre

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@mandymoolove

A wonderful honour meeting director of Queensland Ballet and also the man who's life story was portrayed in the movie Mao's Last Dancer #queenslandballet #licunxin #dance #ballet

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@crissybell22

And an absolute legend #maoslastdancer #licunxin @qldballet @empire_theatre ♥️ at Empire Theatre

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@empire_theatre

Our GM Kerry Saul catching up with @qldballet Artistic Director Li Cunxin ahead of our first performance of Swan Lake tonight. Tickets still available to all 3 performances over the weekend #toowoomba #empiretheatre #swanlake #licunxin at Empire Theatre

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@sydneystruwig

‪I recently went to see a great exhibition at Melbourne's Immigration Museum - Mao’s Last Dancer the Exhibition: A Portrait of Li Cunxin. Very informative and well with a visit @museumsvictoria #LiCunxin #events #melbourne #australia#travel #immigration #exhibition #ballet #dance #history #movie

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@georgie_clark

Dancer, author and artistic director, Li Cunxin is one of China’s greatest gifts to Australia. His retrospective is as meticulously choreographed as his pas de deux and is a contemporary fairytale - from a childhood of grinding poverty in a small village, Li went on to become one of the most celebrated dancers in the world 💫✨ at Immigration Museum

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@immigrationmuseum_melb

School holidays are just around the corner! Join us for dance workshops inspired by the story of Mao's Last Dancer, Li Cunxin. Suitable for children aged 5 to 10 years. When: 3–6 July and 10–13 July, 10.30am–noon! #schoolholidays #winter #ImmigrationMuseum #kids #activities #Melbourne #Melbournetodo #dance #workshop #MaosLastDancer2018 #LiCunxin #ballet #families

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@inquisitive_shaun

Another phenomenal exhibition has landed @immigrationmuseum_melb. Mao’s Last Dancer: The Exhibition is a beautiful piece of work! #mymv #maoslastdancer #licunxin #immigrationmuseum #melbourne

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@coffeebreakwithbelinda

I’m off to @immigrationmuseum_melb to view the Mao’s Last Dancer exhibition: The Portrait of @licunxin. It’s on display until 7 October, 2018. #licunxin #maoslastdancer #immigrationmuseummelb #immigrationmuseum #exhibition #melbourne

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@merrysparksart

www.merrysparks.com 🌹❤️🌹@licunxin and me at a rehearsal for Swan Lake with the @qldballet . Li - Australia, indeed Queensland, is so honoured to have you! You convey such emotion, gentleness, soul and tenderness to your dancers and it shows. You are their gift, and you are Australia’s gift. Thank you thank you thank you. 💋❤️💋 #merrysparksart #licunxin #queensland #ballet #dancer #hero #queenslandballet #qldballet #swanlake #artist

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@mrhollywoodinoz

Can't wait for the 2018 @noosa_alive festival from July 20-29! Have you checked out the amazing program of shows and events yet? Go to www.noosaalive.com.au Thanks gorgeous @amyprice21 for the great piece today in The Sunday Mail! 😘 #thesundaymail #noosaalive #festivalambassador @visitnoosa #noosa #relaxationcapital @qldballet @licunxin #licunxin #carlotta #lovenoosa #favespotinoz at Noosa, Queensland

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@lazarinadellecollane

🌹 ... A special Odette tiara, from Ben Stevenson's version of Swan Lake ...🌹 In this picture: Queensland Ballet Artistic Director Li Cunxin and Janie Parker in Ben Stevensons Swan Lake Image by Ken Duncan #janieparker #licunxin #queenslandballet #benstevenson #ballet #balletinspiration #swanlake #primaballerina #lagodeicigni #odile #siegfried #cignonero #blackswan #tiareballetto #acconciatureballetto #acconciaturaodette #tiara #ballettiara #ballerina #classicalballet #danzaclassica

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@lazarinadellecollane

🌹 ... A different and beautiful Odile tiara ... 🌹 In this picture: Queensland Ballet Artistic Director Li Cunxin with Janie Parker in Ben Stevensons' Swan Lake Image by Ken Duncan #janieparker #licunxin #queenslandballet #ballet #balletinspiration #swanlake #primaballerina #lagodeicigni #odile #siegfried #cignonero #blackswan #tiareballetto #acconciatureballetto #acconciaturaodette #tiara #ballettiara #ballerina #classicalballet #danzaclassica

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@hanworthhouse

Thankyou to the wonderful @unveil_films_photography who has such a generous heart and captures our events and our philanthropy so beautifully. $17000 raised at Fiesta Flamenca in support of @qldballet #hanworthgood @caxtonstcatering #licunxin

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@bookfrendzy

👣Mao's Last Dancer - 4.5/5⭐️s I finished this a few months back but forgot to post about it. I watched the movie first so it's what got me interested in the book. Especially the romance 🌝 #books #bookstagram #bookworm #bookdragon #booklover #maoslastdancer #licunxin #biography

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@bdt.library

Mao’s Last Dancer -Li Cunxin “You are privileged. You are lucky. Go forward.” A young peasant boy, Li Cunxin heard his own voice say when he was battling with home-sickness. I took a lot from this book, and from that sentence alone I am reminded of how incredibly fortunate I am to have a life of privileges. In a deprived village, in north-east China amongst revolution and mayhem eleven-year-old Li is given the opportunity of a lifetime. With a swift tap on one of Madame Mao's cultural delegates' shoulder, Li is set onto a path which will lead him through an extraordinary life. And it begins at the Beijing Dance Academy. During an annual home visit, Li was speechless at how much despair and anguish his second brother was carrying -neck deep in darkness from the knowledge of his destiny. From that moment Li knew he could not go back. With that, he accepted his new path and walked down it. And when he finally opened his mind and was exposed to the world of ballet, something he never endeavoured, Li found himself running down that path in leaps and pirouettes. Towards the end of the book I found myself sobbing uncontrollably. Tears were splashing onto the pages, and after trying to blink them away, I looked down to see two golden eyes staring up at me. My friend's kitten had sat on the open book, naturally wondering what all the fuss was about. She curled up in a ball on the page that tore out my heartstrings. And while she slept, I absorbed the most heart-warming, sorrowful sweetness I had ever read. And with a smile on my face, I wept. Mao's Last Dancer is a remarkable example of when the right opportune moment arrives with a mixture of courage, sacrifice and dedication our dreams can be achievable. And with the power of love, anything is possible. #maoslastdancer #book #read #truestory #memoir #reading #books #ilovebooks #story #china #love #family #licunxin #ballet #dancer

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@artbyveronicalamb

Break time! This one's a real page-turner. Having been to Modern China a few times it's really interesting to read about the lives of those under the previous leaderships. And like all good bios, lots of pictures! 👘🍚🏯🛵🤸🇨🇳 What are you reading right now? . . #teabreak #afternoontea #breaktime #reading #maoslastdancer #chairmanmao #balletdancer #booksandtea #chinesehistory #bejing #ragstoriches #slumlife #biography #truestory #culturalrevolution #red #redbook #communism #licunxin @licunxin #relaxandregenerate #conservingenergy #mindescape #bepresent #slowdown #timeout #autobiography #chinesestory #chineseliterature #readingisaddictive at Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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