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Chengwu Guo

Growing up in China, Chengwu Guo began dance classes at the age of eleven. He was accepted into the Beijing Dance Academy where he was able to combine his ballet training with academic studies. Chen's talent for ballet was soon evident when he received a gold medal at the Tao Li Bei of China Competition, and also at the Beijing International Competition. In 2006 Chen became a prize winner at the prestigious Prix de Lausanne Competition in Switzerland, receiving a full scholarship to complete his vocational ballet training. He chose to take up this scholarship at The Australian Ballet School. During his time at the School Chen toured regional Australia with The Dancers Company, and received glowing reviews for his roles in The Sleeping Beauty, Graduation Ball and Coppélia. In 2008, he starred in Mao's Last Dancer, directed by Bruce Beresford, playing the teenage Li Cunxin. Chengwu joined The Australian Ballet in 2008 and was promoted to principal artist in 2013.

Repertoire highlights

  • Basilio in Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quixote 2013

  • Principal Man, Mazurka, in Harald Landers' Études 2012

  • Benno in Stephen Baynes' Swan Lake 2012

  • Don Quixote pas de deux, New York 2012

  • Le Corsaire pas de deux, Telstra Ballet in the Park, 2012

  • Mercutio and Tybalt in Graeme Murphy's Romeo & Juliet 2011

  • First Red Knight in Dame Ninette de Valois' Checkmate 2011
  • Sir Kenneth Macmillan's Concerto 2011
  • Alice Topp's Scope 2011
  • Goro in Stanton Welch's Madame Butterfly 2011
  • Graeme Murphy's Firebird 2009

Guest appearances

  • Basilio in Don Quixote, The Dancers Company 2012


  • Nominated for Best Male Dancer, Australian Dance Awards, 2012
  • First male dancer to win both the Telstra Ballet Dancer Award and the People's Choice Award, 2011

You may not know...

Chengwu likes to watch Japanese anime in his spare time.



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