Dancing proves a delight for duo

PUBLISHED : Monday, 22 May, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 22 May, 2006, 12:00am

Name: Allen Cheung Hing and Candy Lu Kin-tai

School: Chekiang College (Sha Tin)

Grade: Form Six (Allen);

Form Four (Candy)

Sport: Dancesport (Latin)

Achievements: Candy and Allen, both 18, are Hong Kong's top junior Latin dancers. At the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Dancesport Championships last September, the pair won four gold and two silver medals - in cha cha, rumba and jive.

At the ninth Hong Kong Open Dancesport Championships, they won two golds in cha cha and jive in the secondary school category. At the second Hong Kong Inter-school Dancesport Championships, they swept the board, winning four gold medals in cha cha, jive, rumba and samba. They were both introduced to the sport by their school teacher Ken Tsui Kim-hung, who is a Hong Kong champion.

Soundbite: 'I never had the potential to play ball games, as I always preferred showing off my talent through body movement,' says Allen. 'It's an opportunity to perform and gives me confidence. This is not art - this is real sport. You are always competing.'

Candy says: 'I like the social element. To be a good dancer, you must have good co-ordination, good rhythm, stamina, and a competitive nature. It helps you to get slim quickly, and gives you a great sense of achievement.'

From their coach: 'They are a very talented pair and have lots of potential,' says Tsui, a top Hong Kong dancer who is their coach and teacher at Chekiang. 'I'm sure they will represent Hong Kong in future. They just need to keep practising, and entering the competitions.'

Ambitions: Allen and Candy both say they would like to continue dancing for as along as possible, and dream of representing Hong Kong at a major international competition.

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