The Hong Kong Dance Award for Distinguished Achievement is presented to Lau Siu-ming for his immeasurable contribution to dance in Hong Kong for over 60 years. Affectionately known as “Ming Sir”, Lau is truly one of the pioneers of dance in Hong Kong. One of the first local dancers to study abroad, he began his professional career performing in Europe where he worked with such luminaries as Maurice Béjart. Returning home, he was a founding member of the Hong Kong Dance Federation and has been an inspiration to generations of dancers and choreographers. His career as an actor, notably in the films of Tsui Hark (who could forget his performance as the Tree Demon in A Chinese Ghost Story) and many of Hong Kong’s most iconic TV series, won him huge popularity. Despite his success in this second career, Lau never lost his passion for dance and his openness to exploring all its possibilities, continuing to act as an advisor to numerous artists, to attend productions in all dance genres, and even to perform. Last year, at the age of 85, he appeared with dancers a quarter of his age in hip-hop extravaganza Danz Up, further evidence of what makes him such a great role model for the dance community.