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Mao's last dancer in Ipswich

LAST DANCE: Li Cunxin will visit Ipswich Grammar School on May 9.
LAST DANCE: Li Cunxin will visit Ipswich Grammar School on May 9.

BEST-SELLING author and newly-appointed Queensland Ballet artistic director Li Cunxin will visit Ipswich Grammar School (IGS) for a special presentation on May 9.

An engaging and inspirational speaker, Mr Cunxin will recount his journey from poverty in China to success on the world stage.

His autobiography, Mao's Last Dancer, was released in 2003 and was adapted as a feature film in 2009.

At the age of 11, Mr Cunxin was selected by Madame Mao's cultural advisors to attend the Beijing Dance Academy.

He moved to Melbourne in 1995 to join the Australian Ballet as a principal artist.

Mr Cunxin retired from ballet in 1999 at the age of 38 to pursue a career in the financial sector.

His Ipswich presentation will begin at 7pm on May 9 in the IGS auditorium.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for school students/children and $25 for a family.

To book, email juniorschool@ipswich

grammar.com or phone 3813 9630.

Other events coming up in Ipswich:

IPSWICH: May 3 Ipswich Stamp Club Inc monthly meeting, senior and junior club. Starts 7pm, 1st floor, Humanities Bldg. 3288 7007.

ROSEWOOD: May 4 St Brigid cent auction, parish hall, Railway St. Doors open 6.30pm.

MARBURG: May 5 Dance from 7.30pm. Music by White Heather. Aid Rosewood Anglican Parish. 5464 4308.

ROSEWOOD: May 11 Rosewood Show Society cent auction at the showgrounds, Railway St. Doors open 6.30pm.

IPSWICH: May 11 Ipswich String Ensemble rehearsal bi-weekly Friday evenings, 6.30pm beginner, 7.30pm advanced. 0417 407 955.

ROSEWOOD: May 25 Rosewood Show Society Dance at the showgrounds, Railway St. Doors open 6pm for 7pm start. Adults $8, high school $5.

IPSWICH: May 25 Ipswich String Ensemble rehearsal bi-weekly Friday evenings, 6.30pm beginner, 7.30pm advanced. 0417 407 955.

ROSEWOOD: May 29 Rosewood CWA cent auction, CWA Hall, John St, 9.30am. 5464 1746.

IPSWICH: June 7 Ipswich Stamp Club Inc monthly meeting and AGM, senior and junior club. Starts 7pm, 1st floor, Humanities Bldg. 3288 7007.

IPSWICH: June 8 Ipswich String Ensemble rehearsal bi-weekly Friday evenings, 6.30pm beginner, 7.30pm advanced. 0417 407 955.

PEAK CROSSING: June 29 June Winter Ball in aid of the Seeing Eye Dogs Queensland, Peak Crossing Hall, 7.30pm. Step by Step Band. Old time and new vogue. $10 admission. Bookings essential. Pamela 3437 8084.


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