BALLET is not just about dancers moving effortlessly on points and turning like tops as if it is the most natural thing to do, it is about creativity and making full use of your imagination, according to ballet instructor Catherine Yau See-wing. 'To stretch your imagination to the limit so that it gives others enjoyment - that's what it's all about,' says Yau, whose main job as the education and outreach co-ordinator of the Hong Kong Ballet is to give demonstrations, help organise ballet workshops and introductory matinees featuring up to 30 professional ballerinas. Yau visits secondary and primary schools and even kindergartens all over the territory to promote youngsters' interest in the art form. To encourage young people to put their creative skills to the test, the Hong Kong Ballet and the Regional Council organised a training scheme called Making Dances . Under the scheme, participants ranging from six to 16 years are asked to imagine themselves in a variety of situations such as crossing a narrow bridge. 'Then we ask them to create their own dance. The idea is to help them understand how to dance on their own and give them the opportunity to do so,' Yau explained. 'Besides teaching them the basic ballet skills, we let them experiment and make use of their creativity,' the 22-year-old instructor added. Yau spends most of her day at dance studios in community and school halls. Sometimes, she has to travel from her dance group's Happy Valley office to venues as far as in the New Territories. The Education and Outreach Unit has only two more staff, director Florence Lui Pui-yu and an administrative officer. During some training sessions such as the 30-minute solo lecture/demonstration in schools, Yau works hand in hand with the director, briefing students on costumes of various developmental periods, ballet styles and props. After the briefing, she delights her audiences with her superb dancing. Yau has been honing her skills since she was an 11-year-old. She obtained the Advance Level from the Royal Academy of Dancing. 'For kindergarten children and those in Primary One to Three, ballet teaching involves telling them stories such as The Nutcracker , with the help of various aids such as dolls. 'This helps enhance their interest in ballet. 'Then I teach them some basic techniques, such as the five arm and leg movements in the floor exercise,' said the Chinese University graduate. For secondary school students, Yau focuses on the three 'more abstract' elements of dance - time, energy and space. 'We have to write a report after each programme. The feedback is very important to us as it helps us evaluate our programmes and understand how we could improve them.' Besides school visits and workshops, she also organises exhibitions, talks, slide shows and holiday ballet courses. For Yau, the greatest joy of teaching ballet is the 'satisfaction I get from sharing what I have learnt with others and to help them enjoy the beautiful art form'. 'But you have to have plenty of patience to be a successful instructor. It's not possible for them to master the steps in such a short period, so you have to learn to be patient.'