Li Cunxin

Li Cunxin’s journey is simply remarkable. He was born into utter poverty in Mao’s communist China, at a very young age he was selected to train in Madame Mao’s Beijing Dance Academy. So began Li’s journey. The 7 years of harsh training regime at the Beijing Dance Academy taught him discipline, resilience, determination and perseverance. Li’s astounding drive and relentless hard work made him one of the best dancers in the world. He won two silver and a bronze medal at three International Ballet Competitions.

Li then made a successful career transition from ballet to finance. He is a senior manager at one of the largest stockbroking firms in Australia. He was named 2009 Australian Father of the Year.

The inspirational story of Li’s life is recounted in his memoir Mao’s Last Dancer, which quickly rose to No. 1 on the Australian Non-Fiction Best-Seller List and win the Book of the Year Award in Australia and receiving the Christopher Award for Literature in the USA. It went on to become an international bestseller. It’s in the 52nd reprint. Mao’s Last Dancer is now a blockbuster film.

Li’s experiences are real; his journey is incredible; his story is true, and he is the living example of overcome adversity and achieving excellence in life.

Li speakers perfect English and Mandarin.

Li CunXin Dance


  • The key ingredients to achieve great success
  • Overcome adversity and achieve excellence
  • Embrace changes and Rise up to challenges
  • Continuous improvement and positive attitude
  • Leadership – Dare to make tough choices
  • Goal setting and achieving against impossible obstacles and odds
  • Performance process to excellence
  • Successful career transition
  • Understanding China’s past is key to succeed in present China


“Without a doubt one of the most powerful and invigorating presentations we have seen. Extremely impressed by Li’s impact, style, personable nature and overall attitude.” Exxon Mobile

“The feedback we received on your presentation was amongst the best we have ever received on any speaker over the past few years. Our participants were very moved by your story, with many commenting that it was one of the most inspiring presentations that they had ever heard…thank you again for making a huge impact on our conference and our staff.” Goldman Sachs

“Without a doubt one of the most powerful and invigorating presentations I have seen. Extremely impressed by Li’s impact, style, personable nature and overall attitude.” PriceWaterhouseCoopers

“Overall Rating: Excellent. The collective tears from our members would have filled a bucket after Li’s account of his emotional, profound and inspirational life journey. What an amazing person! Li Cunxin is a rare human being who has the ability to affect people with his story and be in our minds for the rest of our lives.” YPO

“Li’s presentation is so special that no words are adequate enough to describe how deeply our people were touched by his story. He is a remarkable person with an amazing story. His presentation is one of the best!” IBM

“Our people’s comments include: inspirational; outstanding; excellent and FABULOUS. Mr. Li was absolutely inspirational. He has an excellent story and superb delivery. He was a great choice as a keynote speaker. It is one of the most powerful and best presentations we have ever had.” Kmart


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