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Ballet for Seniors with Li Cunxin this Seniors Week

Li Cunxin leads a Ballet for Seniors classPhoto provided by Queensland Ballet, photographer Ali Cameron. 

To celebrate Seniors Week (18 – 28 August), the Queensland Government is partnering with Queensland Ballet and COTA Queensland to host a free, ballet class for seniors at Brisbane City Hall on Sunday 26 August.

The Ballet for Seniors class will be conducted by world renowned ballet star and Queensland Ballet Artistic Director, Li Cunxin, whose remarkable life inspired the film Mao’s Last Dancer.

Our flagship event for Queensland Seniors Week 2018 is open to more than 250 seniors and is designed to encourage healthy, active living and positive social engagement.

The event will also include a Tiny Dancers ballet class for children aged two to five years, creating an inspiring intergenerational opportunity for grandparents to engage with their grandchildren through dance.

The free ballet class will be held at the Ithaca Auditorium in the Brisbane City Hall from 8.30am to 11am on Sunday 26 August, with morning tea provided.

A recent research project undertaken by Queensland Ballet and the Queensland University of Technology found when seniors participated in ballet lessons, their energy levels and posture improved and they developed greater flexibility and an enhanced sense of achievement.

Queensland Ballet Artistic Director Li Cunxin said he was thrilled to partner with the Queensland Government and COTA Queensland to deliver this very special, one-off and large-scale ballet class specifically for older adults.

“Facilitating programs and opportunities to promote health and wellbeing outcomes for active older adults is something that we’re very passionate about at Queensland Ballet,” Mr Li said.

“This large-scale ballet class during Seniors Week provides just a taste of what ballet can do to help improve the health and wellbeing of older adults and I see it as a privilege to be teaching this class.

Find out more about Queensland Seniors Week events and activities.