The 2009 Distinguished Achievement Award is presented to Chu Kit. An acclaimed soloist and choreographer of the Tien Ma Dance Troupe and protégé of Wu Xiaobang, Chu Kit has, for the past 55 years, played a significant role in the development of both traditional and modern Chinese dance on the Mainland and in Hong Kong. With her founding of The Harmonious Dance Troupe in Hong Kong nearly 30 years ago, she established a base to present her wide-ranging dance works. Always an astute witness of the often precarious journey that dancers and dance makers travel, she has generously given her time and expertise to help ease the way. Calm and knowledgeable, Chu Kit has been a constant that the Hong Kong dance community has come to rely on and a model dance professional.