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Upcoming Performance: Masterworks April 17-19 877-828-9200 ext.1

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Li Anlin - Assistant Artistic Director

Li Anlin

Mr. Li was born in Nanjing, China. At the age of 13 he went to Beijing to study at the Beijing Dance Academy and graduated in 1979 to the Young Dancers Company. He first met and worked with Ben Stevenson while he was a student at the Academy there. In 1982 he joined the Central Ballet of China (now the National Ballet of China) as a Soloist and danced in many cities in China, Thailand and Hong Kong. In 1985 he was invited by Ivan Nagy to join Ballet de Santiago as a Soloist and was soon promoted to Principal Dancer. In 1989 Mr. Stevenson invited him to join Houston Ballet as a Soloist.
During his twenty-one year career as a dancer Mr. Li was featured in many of Mr. Stevenson's ballets including The Sleeping Beauty, Coppélia, Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Dracula, Three Preludes, Four Last Songs, "L", Swan Lake, Peer Gynt, Cleopatra and Don Quixote among others. He also danced in ballets by Sir Kenneth MacMillan (Elite Syncopations, Manon, and Gloria); Ronald Hynd (Papillon, The Merry Widow, Rosalinda) John Cranko (Romeo & Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew); George Balanchine (Serenade, Agon, Theme & Variations, The Four Temperaments); Vicente Nebrada (Coppélia, Doble Corchea), André Prokovsky (Anna Karenina, The Three Musketeers), Jiri Kylian (Sinfonietta), Christopher Bruce (Cruel Garden, Journey) and many others. In 2000 Mr. Li was named Ballet Master for Houston Ballet and helped set and rehearse many of Mr. Stevenson's ballets. He also assisted Mr. Stevenson in the creation of The Fountain of Tears in Beijing and now stages and rehearses Mr. Stevenson's ballets with other ballet companies around the world. In 2003 Mr. Stevenson invited him to Texas Ballet Theater as Ballet Master and in 2005 was named Assistant to the Artistic Director. This is Mr. Li's eleventh season with the company.

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