ACTIVE AGEING: Meet Li Cunxin at a free Brisbane Queensland Ballet class for seniors during Queensland Seniors Week.
ACTIVE AGEING: Meet Li Cunxin at a free Brisbane Queensland Ballet class for seniors during Queensland Seniors Week. Queensland Ballet

Seniors to dance with world-renowned ballet star

QUEENSLAND Seniors Week is fast approaching and this year our state's seniors are in for a real treat.

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

Announcing the event, Minister for Seniors Coralee O'Rourke said the free ballet class would be open to 250 seniors.

"I am delighted the Ballet for Seniors class will be hosted by world renowned ballet star and Queensland Ballet Artistic Director, Li Cunxin, whose remarkable life inspired the film Mao's Last Dancer," Mrs O'Rourke said.

"The Ballet for Seniors class with Li Cunxin is our flagship event for Queensland Seniors Week this year, and we are thrilled to partner with Queensland Ballet and COTA Queensland to bring such an exciting event to life.

"This large-scale ballet class is a beautiful initiative that encourages healthy, active living and positive social engagement.

"I am pleased this event will also include a Tiny Dancers ballet class for children aged two to five-years-old, providing an inspiring intergenerational activity and an 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 between Queensland Ballet and the Queensland University of Technology found when seniors were given lessons in ballet, their energy levels and posture improved, they had greater flexibility and an enhanced sense of achievement.

Queensland Ballet Artistic Director Li Cunxin said he was excited to partner with the Palaszczuk Government, along with COTA Queensland, to deliver this very special one-off large-scale ballet class designed especially 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.

"We've long been providing a range of classes for older people at Queensland Ballet through our Seniors in Studio program that includes everything from beginner ballet to a specialist Dance for Parkinson's program.

"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 active older adults and I see it as a privilege to be teaching this class.

"I hope I can share my love of ballet with the participants and perhaps inspire a desire to see ballet as an option as an older person even if you've never stepped foot inside a ballet studio."

The class will be open to 250 seniors, with seniors encouraged to contact the Queensland Ballet, go to or phone 3013 6666 to register their interest and secure their place.

Find out more about Queensland Seniors Week, including events and activities, go to

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