Dance Sector Joint Conference
On 12 Sep, 1995, members of the four leading dance organizations in HK, including Willy Tsao and Chu Kit of Hong Kong Dance Alliance, Kwok Sai Ngai and Pearl Chan of Hong Kong Dance Federation Limited, Chan Hei Hing and Ho Ho Chuen of the Association of Hong Kong Dance Organizations, and Linda Fung and Lili Tsang of The Hong Kong Ballet Group, with the administration support of Mrs. Virginia Lo, formed the “Dance Sector Joint Conference” (Joint Conference.) Joint Conference is a non-profit making organization. Its purpose back then was to bridge the communication of electoral candidates of the dance sector and the dance community in general.
On 6 July 1997, Joint Conference organized “Dance Day to Celebrate the Handover of Hong Kong.” Performing units included the three professional dance companies in HK, the HKAPA, and the winning teams of the 33rd School Dance Festival.
Two more Dance Day(s) were organized in 1998 and 2000 with the purpose of promoting dance to the public at the Piazza, Hong Kong Cultural Center. Dance Day activities included performances, competition, and participatory activities.
Hong Kong Dance Yearbook
Hong Kong Dance Yearbook (Yearbook) is a series of publication projects led by the Dance Sector Joint Conference (Joint Conference) for documentation of the dance development in Hong Kong. In 1999, by the invitation of Joint Conference, Ou Jian Ping facilitated a focused reporting session of the study of dance education in six countries. Joint Conference led the editing and publishing of “Hong Kong Dance History” during 1998-2000, again inviting Ou Jian Ping as Executive Editor. Already published are “Dance Yearbook 2000-2001”, “Hong Kong Dance Artists and Companies Biennial 04-05”, “Dance Yearbook 2006-2008”, and “Dance Yearbook 2009-2010.”
Since 2006, the publication of the Yearbook has been financially sponsored by the HKADC, who also approved funding for a Yearbook Website to be developed in 2009. The website enables electronic archiving of data. For now, information since 2009 is available on the website.
The editorial board of Yearbook is made up of representatives of the 4 member organizations of Joint Sector. Each organization is represented on the editorial board by 1 to 2 of its members. On top of this group, independent editorial consultants are invited to review the Yearbook contents and adjudicate controversial issues from a third-party perspective.