The Hong Kong Dance Award for Distinguished Achievement is presented to Anna CY Chan for her indefatigable work in dance education, promotion of Hong Kong dance here and abroad, and innovations in ways to create, present, and sustain dance. Chan, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority Head of Dance and 2016 City Contemporary Dance Laureate, started her dance journey as a student at the Jean M. Wong School of Ballet, where she later served as Vice Principal. Professionally trained in Australia and UK and with Master’s degrees in Dance and Education Studies from Universities of Surrey and Sheffield, respectively, Chan was Hong Kong Dance Alliance researcher and authored the 6th Hong Kong Dance Award winning book Intelligent Moves: Dance Education advocating dance education as means for students to achieve full learning potential. As Alliance Chairperson, she led it through major developments including achieving Hong Kong Arts Development Council year grant status. She was the inaugural Head of Performing Arts Education Centre at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts creating successful community engagement projects and bringing thousands of school children to the Academy to learn about and participate in performing arts, and attend special performances by Academy students in its diverse arts disciplines. Since she has been with WKCDA she has changed the way the dance community and audiences experience the art form, raising the bar in terms of skills, expectations, scope, and engagement. She is a dynamo who in a relatively brief career has already made a significant impact on dance in Hong Kong and represents all that is good in Hong Kong dance and its promise for a bright future.