Li Cunxin

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  • Li Cunxin Was Born

    Li Cunxin Was Born
    Li was born in a poor family, he was the sixth of seven brothers they lived in Qingdoa Province.
  • Accepted into Beijing Dance Academy

    Accepted into Beijing Dance Academy
    Li was the weakest and the youngest dancer when he first started. He met a teacher who cared and introduced to western ballet. His passion grew and he trained and he became their best dancer.
  • Houston Ballet Tours China

    Houston Ballet Tours China
    The Houston Ballet were the first company to gain permission tour the Communist country of China. They wanted to take Li back on a scholarship to America.
  • Li Comes to America

    Li Comes to America
    He studied at the Houston Ballet and became a popular performer. There was an agreement with China that Li would go back in six weeks. He loved the freedom.
  • Li Marries and Defects

    Li Marries and Defects
    Li wanted to stay in America so he married his girlfriend Elizabeth Mackey. The Chinese were not happy and tried to kidnap him and send him back to China.
  • Divorce

    Divorce
    Due to differences in culture and Li's guilt about leaving his family led to divorce.
  • Principal Dancer at Houston Ballet and A Visit from his parents

    Principal Dancer at Houston Ballet and A Visit from his parents
    Houston Ballet flew Li's parents to see his first performance as a principal dancer. He hadn't seen or talked to them in six years.
  • Married Mary McKendry

    Married Mary McKendry
    Li married Australian ballerina Mary Mackendry
  • Aussie Aussie Aussie

    Aussie Aussie Aussie
    Li and Mary moved to Australia where they had 3 children.
  • Artisic Director of the Queensland Ballet

    Artisic Director of the Queensland Ballet
  • Queenslander of the Year

    Queenslander of the Year
    Was nominated for Australian of the Year for his work with the Queensland Ballet.
  • Li Dances Again

    Li Dances Again
    Li is coming out of retirement to perform as Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker.
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    Li Cunxin - Mao's Last Dancer