media and news meeting Maos Last Dancer Li Cunxin and Katherine Whelan

Never Say Never! Passion for your art never wavers!

I was so blessed & honoured to be sitting across Mao’s ‘famous’ Last Dancer – Li Cunxin, at a recent racing day lunch. What I loved most about our conversation was his amazing spirit, as well as commitment & passion for his ‘art’ (dance/ballet). Li Cunxin is out of retirement to dance again. That certainly gives new meaning to ‘never say never!’… The one thing that has stuck in my mind, was his response when I asked him ‘How do you feel about going back on stage after so long?’, he responded ‘Getting back in shape is going to be tough. I have be a bit of pain & agony to go through, but it will be a lot of fun! But I am still a little nervous…’ An amazing person with so much more to give… Meeting Li Cunxin was certainly the highlight of my day (if not year). My personal take away from our chat, was that no matter how hard or tirelessly you have to work, its all worth it when you get the chance to do what you love.