Chengwu GUO

Ballet dancer

About This Project

My life and career have been profoundly shaped by the opportunities and experiences I’ve been afforded in China and Australia.


I feel very fortunate to have been able to draw on the many lessons imparted by two culturally distinct nations. Since representing the Beijing Dance Academy, at the prestigious Prix de Lausanne ballet competition and winning a scholarship to study at The Australian Ballet School, I have always strived to be the best that I can be in all that I do. I joined The Australian Ballet in 2008, and in that same year, Cunxin Li and Bruce Beresford offered me a role in the film Mao’s Last Dancer, for which I returned to Beijing. In 2010, my mother school, Beijing Dance Academy invited me to perform as a guest artist in an esteemed arts festival. This marked an important milestone in my career because it was the first time that I was truly able to showcase my combined Chinese and Australian ballet training.


In 2014, The Australian Ballet toured to China, where I was honoured with the opportunity to perform the lead role of Prince Charming in Cinderella. Sharing this career highlight, along with my Chinese and Australian ballet training, with peers and colleagues was an incredibly special moment for me.


Since moving to Australia, I have developed and expanded on my seven years training in China. I have established a career in which I continue to develop new skills, including acting and anatomical training. I deeply value the importance of seeking guidance and expertise from diverse sources of knowledge, which help us grow as individuals. My success as a dancer reflects the pivotal relationship between China and Australia in continuing to reach new heights.


Chengwu Guo is a Principal Artist with The Australian Ballet.

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