The 2001 Distinguished Achievement Award is awarded to Jean M. Wong in recognition of her long-term contribution to the development of Hong Kong dance. In her Hong Kong schools, for over forty years, and as an advocate of Hong Kong dance internationally, Jean Wong has devoted her life to the pursuit of excellence in dance. As a teacher of rare passion and dedication, she has raised an entire generation of classically trained dancers, teachers and dance lovers. More than any other individual, because of her single-minded dedication to the art of the dance, Ms. Wong is responsible for the elevation of the dance profession in Hong Kong. She has tirelessly given of her talents and energy to insure this development, not only in her teaching, but also in her frequent voluntary services for the public sector. In this latter category she has selflessly lent her expertise as member of the boards of directors, councils, and advisory committees to each of the three professional dance companies, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and the Arts Development Council, among others. Jean has found scholarships to assist talented students to continue their dance education. Jean can always be relied upon to offer sound, supportive advice and encouragement when students, dancers or choreographers enter a difficult patch in their careers. The Executive Committee of the Hong Kong Dance Alliance pay tribute to Jean M. Wong and her distinguished achievement and offer her, on behalf of all members of the Hong Kong dance community, our heartiest congratulations and our sincerest appreciation.