STUDENTS and lecturers were treated to a show of modern dance by more than 100 performers from five local universities. Mass Dance aimed to promote dance among university students, the chairman of the programme's organising committee, Lawrence Chang, said. The hour-long show was presented at the five universities over three days. 'This was the first time that five universities had worked together on a dance project, and I expected to see some fireworks,' said Mr Chang, a Chinese University student. One of the participating dancers, Disaree Wong, a student at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, said the project had helped to promote friendship between the students and was 'good fun'. Derry Law Ka-ming, said the Mass Dance project had helped him develop a better understanding of contemporary dance. 'We were given more opportunities to learn dancing in a lively and vivid way,' the Polytechnic design student said. He said the project had encouraged him to develop his potential in arts and dance. 'This project has helped me to build up confidence in expressing myself. I really enjoyed designing my own outfit, and I learnt to put theory into practice.' Mr Chang said more students were realising the importance of extra-mural activities in creating a balanced life, and the dance project provided a good opportunity to escape the pressures of academia. The $8,000 project was financed by the students, as the universities were not prepared to offer grants. Mr Chang said he hoped to attract university funding for the event in future, so more students would be able to take part. The institutes involved were Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Science and Technology, Polytechnic University, Baptist University and City University.