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Award Panelists

Production Categories Panel
Co-Chair
Shirley Loong

 

Under the influence of her late grandmother Ms Violet Wong (紫羅蘭), Shirley Loong started ballet training at the age of eight. Upon graduation at the National Ballet School of Canada, she honed her skills further at the John Cranko Ballett Schule in Stuttgart, Germany, and was being promoted to Coryphée soon after joining the Hong Kong Ballet, performing various solo principal roles.

 

After graduating with a Degree in Business Studies in Marketing with distinction at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia, she returned to Hong Kong to begin her career in dance administration and education, working as the General Manager of Hong Kong Ballet Group and the Director of Education and Outreach of Hong Kong Ballet. Expanding her horizons in the field of Tibetan arts and culture, she established the Princess Mandarava Thangkas Gallery in 2013.      

 

Besides being currently the Chairperson of the Hong Kong Dance Alliance and the Hong Kong Committee of Royal Academy of Dance, as well as the Examiner in Dance of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Shirley is also a registered teacher of Royal Academy of Dance, instructing the artistic gymnastics team at the Hong Kong Sports Institute, City Contemporary Dance Company Dance Centre and the Gifted Young Dancer Programme at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She has recently been invited by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department to produce and host an online ballet education program Clap the Beat, Dance in Chic to promote dance art to the public.

 

Natasha Rogai

 

Originally from London, Natasha Rogai worked for many years in Paris and has lived in Hong Kong since 1997. She formerly served on Hong Kong Ballet’s Audience Development Committee and The Friends of Hong Kong Ballet Committee, and has been a member of the Hong Kong Dance Alliance Executive Committee from 2009 to 2020. In 2016, Natasha received the Hong Kong Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Services to Dance. She is now the dance critic of the South China Morning Post and the Hong Kong correspondent of Dancing Times.

 

Panelist
William Chan

 

William Chan is a performing arts critic and media producer from Hong Kong. He has been writing reviews and feature articles on theatre, dance and visual arts since 1998, which were published on various media channel in Hong Kong and Macau.

 

After getting his B.A.(Hon.) degree in Languages & Communication from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and MFA degree in Media Design & Technology from the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, William completed a double MA degree in International Performance Research awarded by the University of Warwick (UK) and University of Arts in Belgrade (Serbia) in 2015.

 

He is now working as a Lecturer at a tertiary institute and a judging panelist of Hong Kong Dance Awards, Hong Kong Theatre Libre awards and IATC(HK) Critics Awards. He is also an Examiner in Drama, Dance and Arts Criticism of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.

 

Anna Cheng

Anna Cheng is the Performing Arts (Dance) Producer of the West Kowloon Cultural District. She is responsible for producing cultural exchange and partnership projects, creative research and new works development programmes, learning and participation events. She is also the Examiner in Dance and Arts Administration of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.

 

Before joining the District, Anna collaborated with various major arts organizations as independent producer and project manager, including the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, the Hong Kong Arts Festival and the Hong Kong Arts Centre, to curate and produce local and overseas dance, theatre and music projects, festivals and tours. As a dance critic, her articles were published in local publications and Taiwan’s Performing Arts Review (1998 – 2014). She was also a member of the Asian Producers’ Platform (2014 – 2017).

 

Daisy Chu

 

As a senior art and cultural editor and critic, Daisy Chu has been covering arts and culture for many years, for publications including CrossOver MagazineHong Kong Economic Journal, Ming Pao Daily NewsXpressions Magazine, and organisations such as the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, City Contemporary Dance Company, Hong Kong Dance Company, Asian Cultural Council, the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, International Association of Theatre Critics (Hong Kong), and the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority. She also writes regularly about dance and theatre for newspapers and magazines in Hong Kong.

 

Daisy is currently an Examiner in Dance and an advisor for Arts Criticism for the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, a member of the Dance and Multi-Arts Panel of the LCSD, and a panelist for the Hong Kong Dance Awards, Hong Kong Drama Awards, IATC (HK) Critics Awards and Hong Kong Theatre Libre awards.

 

Maurice Lai

 

An MFA graduate of the School of Film and Television of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Maurice Lai is a director of dance video active in Hong Kong and Taiwan. He is currently the Vice-chairman of the Board of Directors and Coordinator (Technical Support) of Utopia Cantonese Opera Workshop, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Unlock Dancing Plaza and Theatre Panel member of the Programme and Development Committee of LCSD. In 2020, he set up HoShunKing Artistic Workshop in Taiwan to develop in video creation.

 

Maurice received The Hong Kong Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Video and Photography for Dance in 2015 and Outstanding Visual Design with Australian choreographer-cum-dance filmmaker Sue Healey in 2018 for ON VIEW: HONG KONG produced by West Kowloon Cultural District. In 2017 he received the City Contemporary Dance Laureate from City Contemporary Dance Company.

 

 

Lai Tak Wai

 

Lai Tak-wai graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2002, majoring in modern dance. He was awarded several scholarships there and represented the Academy to perform overseas. He later pursued further studies at the National Conservatoire of Music and Dance in Paris.


Lai had taught at the Guangdong Dance School and CCDC Dance Centre. He was a full-time dancer at Cloud Gate Dance Theatre in 2005 and at City Contemporary Dance Company from 2008 to 2014. 

 

In 2014, he received the Hong Kong Dance Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer for his performance in In Search of the Grand View Garden. He was presented the Hong Kong Dance Award in 2018 again for Outstanding Choreography with his full-length solo choreography work So Low. Wai is currently an independent choreographer and a freelance dancer.

 

 

Yoki Lai

 

Yoki Lai is a scenic and costume designer, participating in over 100 productions for various local troupes and overseas companies. She has been the Resident Designer for Chung Ying Theatre Company in Hong Kong, Artist-in-Residence and part-time lecturer at the HKAPA School of Theatre and Entertainment Arts. She was also the scenic designer of The Fortune Global Forum in China for Fortune Live Media USA from 2017 to 2019.

 

She gained her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with first class honors and Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale University in the USA, where she was awarded the Donald and Zorka Oenslager Award in Stage Design. In 2007, she was awarded the Fellowship from Asian Cultural Council. She also won The Best Set Design and The Best Make-up & Image Design at the Hong Kong Drama Awards, as well as The Best Stage Effect at the Hong Kong Theatre Libre.

 

Li Yongjing

 

Li Yongjing has profound experience in performance and choreography. Graduated from the HKAPA with distinction in 2002, majoring in modern dance, Li was among the first to be awarded Master of Fine Arts in Dance at the Academy in 2008. Upon graduation, she taught in the Modern Dance Diploma Programme at the Guangdong Dance School. In 2004, she joined the Odyssey Dance Theatre in Singapore as Artist-in-Residence and participated in performances with various local and overseas performing art organizations.

 

She received the Hong Kong Dance Awards twice for her performance in Interiors in 2001 and for the duet The Moment I Saw It in 2012, which she choreographed and performed in. She is currently the Lecturer of Contemporary Dance and MFA advisor at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA).

 

Taurus Wah

Taurus Wah first studied dance with the renowned ballet teacher Joan Campbell in Hong Kong. He studied at St John's College, Manchester in the UK and then continued his education at The University of Leeds. After returning to Hong Kong, he has gained experience in cultural and arts administration, education and graphic and stage design through working with the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, City Contemporary Dance Company, the Swire School of Design of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Department of Music of The University of Hong Kong, etc.

 

Taurus studied Scenography at Central St Martins under The University of the Arts London on scholarships awarded to him by British Council and the Anglo-Hong Kong Trust, earning a Master of Arts with distinction. He later formed the independent production house, Open Daily, and was awarded an overseas research scholarship to pursue a doctoral degree at the Department of Drama, Goldsmiths, University of London. Currently he is working on a new project, Mushrooms.

 

Wong Hang Fai

 

Wong Hang Fai has been a professional in the Hong Kong dance industry since the 1980s. He was a founding member of the Hong Kong Dance Company, acted as the protagonist or lead dancer in numerous large-scale dance dramas, and had been an actor at the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre. He travelled overseas for dance cultural exchange activities and participated in performances in different art festivals.

 

Wong had instructed the Oriental Dance Society of The University of Hong Kong, the Dance Society at the School of Continuing Education of City University of Hong Kong, and as a guest lecturer of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He has also been an Examiner of Hong Kong Arts Development Council to assist in the adjudication of arts funding applications, an assessor of the projects supported by HKADC, as well as a member of the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards Assessment Panel for Dance (Artist of the Year and Award for Young Artist) for many years to date.

 

 

Wu Fei-fei

 

As a former principal dancer with the Hong Kong Ballet, Wu Fei-fei has nearly 20 years of professional performance experience and achievements in dance. She excelled in the international Lausanne Ballet competition and the National “Taoli Cup” Ballet competition.

 

Wu joined the Hong Kong Ballet as a member of corps de ballet in 2003 and was then promoted to principal dancer in 2012. In the same year, she was awarded Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer at the Hong Kong Dance Awards, and was later nominated for the Ten Outstanding New Hong Kong Young Persons in 2015. She now devotes herself to teaching and popularizing dance education in Hong Kong.

 

 

Community Categories Panel
Chair
Allen Lam

 

Allen Lam is an accomplished choreographer, director and movement educator in areas from classical ballet, contemporary dance to experimental dance etc. Graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, he later obtained a MFA degree from the Tisch School of the Arts, and had performed with various local and American dance organizations, including Hong Kong Ballet and ODC/Dance.

 

In 1995, Allen co-founded DanceArt Hong Kong, and received a scholarship from Asian Cultural Council in the same year for research and exchange in New York. He founded Muse Motion in 2004 to facilitate collaborative production between artists across medium and cultural background. Through his contribution in dance and education programmes, he was awarded Outstanding Achievement in Independent Production and Outstanding Achievement in Youth and Community Dance at the Hong Kong Dance Awards in 2006 and 2014 respectively. He currently serves as the Vice- Chairperson of both the Hong Kong Dance Alliance and Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund Awardees Association.

 

Panelist
Ronly Kong

 

Ronly Kong is experienced in youth dance education and choreography, creating around 125 dance works for more than 6000 young dancers in over 28 years. She graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 1989 and later received the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund Scholarship in 1989 – 1992, B.F.A. magna cum laude in modern dance from the University of Utah in the United States, PIP School Certificate in Performing Arts and Philippe Gaulier Master Workshop Certificate.

 

Ronly has been a dancer, choreographer, teacher and programme curator for various local and overseas organizations. Since 1995 she has been invited as the adjudicator of the Schools Dance Festival’s Modern Dance section and attained the Choreography Award in the 34th to 54th Festival. In November 2016, she was invited by the Korean Arts and Culture Education Centre to be the lecturer and dance instructor for the KACES International Arts Education Workshop. Currently, she is the Outreach Affairs Manager of CCDC Dance Centre.

 

Medina Lau

 

Born and educated in Hong Kong, Medina started dancing since junior high school. Hand-picked by Willy Tsao, founder of City Contemporary Dance Company, she set off her professional dance career in 1984. She went on to join Tanz Theatre of Freiburg as soloist in Germany; and as principal and guest artist at Norrdans in Sweden.

 

As the producer and collaborator for the project “A Cross Cultural Dialogue between Finland & Hong Kong”, she choreographed and danced with Aurinkoballetti from Turku, Finland. She also travelled extensively for dance collaborations and research projects in England, Europe and Canada. In Hong Kong, she founded "dancelsewhere", a dance troupe presenting creative modern dance.

 

Besides freelancing on dance projects, she studies Chinese martial arts for the pursuit of movement and has become an accredited teacher of "YiQuan". She also works as a professional computer graphic designer for renowned international design corporations. In recent years, she has been focusing on research about contact improvisation and somatic movement.

Stella Lau

 

Stella Lau was born and raised in Hong Kong. Lau entered the Hong Kong Academy of Ballet for full-time professional training in 1982 and was awarded twice the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund Scholarship in 1983 and 1984. Upon graduation, she began her performing career with the Hong Kong Ballet and in 1990 became the first homegrown dancer promoted to principal in the company’s history.

 

After ten years as a professional dancer, Lau furthered her studies at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 1995 where she graduated from the BFA (Hons) program in dance with first-class honors. She was later appointed as part-time lecturer and tutor at the School of Dance and the Interdisciplinary & Liberal Arts Department respectively . In 2003 Lau was showcased in the Hong Kong Dance Hall of Fame. She completed the MFA in Dance program in 2010 and is currently a full-time ballet lecturer at the School of Dance.

 

David Liu

 

David Liu began formal training in both dance and figure skating by the age of eight. He attended New York City Ballet's School of American Ballet (SAB) on full scholarship. He went on to hone his skills as a competitive figure skater and competed at the Olympic Games representing his native country, Taiwan.

 

David has produced, choreographed, and performed in numerous dance performances and skating exhibitions and was Co-Artistic Director of Ice Theatre of New York. Choreographically, he has also worked with various dance companies. In 2016, David created and directed a two-year touring show in Europe for Holiday on Ice. 

 

David's continual interest in expanding his understanding of dance and movement led him to live in Israel to study Gaga and completed the teacher training course in 2012. He went on to earn an MFA degree in dance and an M.A. degree in Counseling. Currently, he teaches Gaga at the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts and maintains his practice as a mental health therapist.

 

Cally Yu

 

Cally is a Hong Kong writer, curator, and educator. In 2013, she started the project Grey and Green Pong Pong to advocate the concept of creative aging in community art, for which several exhibitions and dance performances were organized to strengthen the identity and subjectivity of elderlies, while at the same time recognizing their creativity and sense of beauty.

 

Highly concerned about Hong Kong cultural and social development, Cally has long been teaching cultural theories, creative writing, and community art in different institutes, hoping to connect youths back to society. Experienced in improvisational dance, her full-length theatre productions include The Trembling Ears (2013) and the award-winning Ink Maze in 2018 IATC Critics Awards (Script / Playwright of the Year). Exploring the theatricality between text and movement and using poetic prose to address social issues, she continues to explore how can organic dialogues be opened between text, dance, and music. 

Online Production Category Panel
Chair
Allen Lam

 

Allen Lam is an accomplished choreographer, director and movement educator in areas from classical ballet, contemporary dance to experimental dance etc. Graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, he later obtained a MFA degree from the Tisch School of the Arts, and had performed with various local and American dance organizations, including Hong Kong Ballet and ODC/Dance.

 

In 1995, Allen co-founded DanceArt Hong Kong, and received a scholarship from Asian Cultural Council in the same year for research and exchange in New York. He founded Muse Motion in 2004 to facilitate collaborative production between artists across medium and cultural background. Through his contribution in dance and education programmes, he was awarded Outstanding Achievement in Independent Production and Outstanding Achievement in Youth and Community Dance at the Hong Kong Dance Awards in 2006 and 2014 respectively. He currently serves as the Vice- Chairperson of both the Hong Kong Dance Alliance and Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund Awardees Association.

 

Panelist
Abby Chan

 

Abby is a contemporary dance graduate of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and was a dancer  and guest choreographer at the Hong Kong City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC). In 1995, she received the Lee Hysan Foundation Fellowship of the Asian Cultural  Council to undergo a cultural exchange in the United States. In 1998, Abby co-found McMuiMui Dansemble with Yeung Wai-mei. She has been invited to New York, Colorado, Sydne, Tokyo, Kyoto, Seoul, Malaysia, Taipei, Singapore, Guangzhou, Sao Paulo etc. to present her chorographical works, and is a four-time recipient of Hong Kong Dance Awards. In addition to dance, she has also actively participated in theatre performances and movement directions.

 

Her recent productions include Tai Kwun Dance Season 2019 MMM: RE and 2020 No Man is an Island in ÉLAN Lost Child Project  HK (as director and choreographer); and was invited to participate in New Works Forum: Screendance (co-presented by the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) and CCDC), ON VIEW: Hong Kong, and WKCD’s three-year International Co-Lab Artist Residency programme, which provides opportunities for artist residency across  Edinburgh, Auckland. and Hong Kong.

Maurice Lai

 

An MFA graduate of the School of Film and Television of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Maurice Lai is a director of dance video active in Hong Kong and Taiwan. He is currently the Vice-chairman of the Board of Directors and Coordinator (Technical Support) of Utopia Cantonese Opera Workshop, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Unlock Dancing Plaza and Theatre Panel member of the Programme and Development Committee of LCSD. In 2020, he set up HoShunKing Artistic Workshop in Taiwan to develop in video creation.

 

Maurice received The Hong Kong Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Video and Photography for Dance in 2015 and Outstanding Visual Design with Australian choreographer-cum-dance filmmaker Sue Healey in 2018 for ON VIEW: HONG KONG produced by West Kowloon Cultural District. In 2017 he received the City Contemporary Dance Laureate from City Contemporary Dance Company.

 

Medina Lau

 

Born and educated in Hong Kong, Medina started dancing since junior high school. Hand-picked by Willy Tsao, founder of City Contemporary Dance Company, she set off her professional dance career in 1984. She went on to join Tanz Theatre of Freiburg as soloist in Germany; and as principal and guest artist at Norrdans in Sweden.

 

As the producer and collaborator for the project “A Cross Cultural Dialogue between Finland & Hong Kong”, she choreographed and danced with Aurinkoballetti from Turku, Finland. She also travelled extensively for dance collaborations and research projects in England, Europe and Canada. In Hong Kong, she founded "dancelsewhere", a dance troupe presenting creative modern dance.

 

Besides freelancing on dance projects, she studies Chinese martial arts for the pursuit of movement and has become an accredited teacher of "YiQuan". She also works as a professional computer graphic designer for renowned international design corporations. In recent years, she has been focusing on research about contact improvisation and somatic movement.

Stella Lau

 

Stella Lau was born and raised in Hong Kong. Lau entered the Hong Kong Academy of Ballet for full-time professional training in 1982 and was awarded twice the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund Scholarship in 1983 and 1984. Upon graduation, she began her performing career with the Hong Kong Ballet and in 1990 became the first homegrown dancer promoted to principal in the company’s history.

 

After ten years as a professional dancer, Lau furthered her studies at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 1995 where she graduated from the BFA (Hons) program in dance with first-class honors. She was later appointed as part-time lecturer and tutor at the School of Dance and the Interdisciplinary & Liberal Arts Department respectively . In 2003 Lau was showcased in the Hong Kong Dance Hall of Fame. She completed the MFA in Dance program in 2010 and is currently a full-time ballet lecturer at the School of Dance.

 

David Liu

 

David Liu began formal training in both dance and figure skating by the age of eight. He attended New York City Ballet's School of American Ballet (SAB) on full scholarship. He went on to hone his skills as a competitive figure skater and competed at the Olympic Games representing his native country, Taiwan.

 

David has produced, choreographed, and performed in numerous dance performances and skating exhibitions and was Co-Artistic Director of Ice Theatre of New York. Choreographically, he has also worked with various dance companies. In 2016, David created and directed a two-year touring show in Europe for Holiday on Ice. 

 

David's continual interest in expanding his understanding of dance and movement led him to live in Israel to study Gaga and completed the teacher training course in 2012. He went on to earn an MFA degree in dance and an M.A. degree in Counseling. Currently, he teaches Gaga at the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts and maintains his practice as a mental health therapist.

Cally Yu

 

Cally is a Hong Kong writer, curator, and educator. In 2013, she started the project Grey and Green Pong Pong to advocate the concept of creative aging in community art, for which several exhibitions and dance performances were organized to strengthen the identity and subjectivity of elderlies, while at the same time recognizing their creativity and sense of beauty.

 

Highly concerned about Hong Kong cultural and social development, Cally has long been teaching cultural theories, creative writing, and community art in different institutes, hoping to connect youths back to society. Experienced in improvisational dance, her full-length theatre productions include The Trembling Ears (2013) and the award-winning Ink Maze in 2018 IATC Critics Awards (Script / Playwright of the Year). Exploring the theatricality between text and movement and using poetic prose to address social issues, she continues to explore how can organic dialogues be opened between text, dance, and music.