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Cunxin Li Cunxin Li i(A77700 works by)
Born: Established: 1961
East Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
Gender: Male
Arrived in Australia: 1995
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Li was selected for the Beijing Dance Academy at the age of eleven and spent the next seven years of his life living there and training to be dancer. The artistic director of the Houston Ballet, Ben Stevenson, visited Beijing in 1978 and Li was offered a six-week scholarship with the company. The Chinese authorities granted him permission to accept; however on his return to China, Li became increasingly questioning of the communist system. He was again reluctantly granted leave to join the Houston Ballet for one year in 1979 and in mid-1981 when he was due to return to China, he defected.

Li was promoted to Principal Dancer with Houston Ballet in 1982. In 1987 he married an Australian dancer, Mary McKendry, one of his partners at the Houston Ballet. In 1995 he joined the Australian Ballet as Principal Dancer.

He has received numerous awards in prestigious international competitions in the United States, Japan, and Russia

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2019 recipient Order of Australia Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) For distinguished service to the performing arts, particularly to ballet, as a dancer and artistic director.
2014 winner Australian of the Year QLD Australian of the Year
2009 Shepherd Centre Australian Father of The Year Award

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The Peasant Prince Camberwell : Viking , 2007 Z1435037 2007 single work picture book children's (taught in 1 units) 'In a poor village in northern China, a small boy is about to be taken away from everything he's ever known. He is so afraid, but his mother urges him to follow his dreams. For soon he will become a dancer, one of the finest dancers in the world...' (Publisher's blurb)
2008 winner Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Best Children's Book
2008 winner Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Book of the Year for Younger Children
2008 shortlisted Australian Booksellers Association Awards Booksellers Choice Award
2008 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Books
2008 honour book CBCA Book of the Year Awards Picture Book of the Year
y separately published work icon Mao's Last Dancer Ringwood : Viking , 2003 Z1062537 2003 single work autobiography
2008 winner KOALA Awards Fiction for Years 7-9 Younger readers' edition.
2006 nominated Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Best Language Development Book for Upper Primary Children (2003-2013) Nominated for the 2005 Young Readers edition.
2005 shortlisted National Biography Award
2004 shortlisted 'The Nib': CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature
2004 shortlisted The Courier-Mail Book of the Year Award
2003 joint winner Australian Booksellers Association Awards Booksellers Choice Award Joint winner with Don Watson's Death Sentence.
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