Ballroom dancing champion Paul Bishop runs the Academy of Dance with his Hong Kong-born wife, Rozana Leung Yuet-leung. Pupils have included Chief Secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang, Financial Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen and would-be SAR chief executive Peter Woo. Mr Bishop, 54, started dancing at the age of nine. He is a four-time ballroom and Latin American world champion. He started teaching at the China Fleet Club in 1981 and was the first foreigner to give classes on the mainland. The Bishops opened their Causeway Bay school five years ago. What's on your mind? We've been asked to open a number of schools in China. We both teach there and take champions over there to demonstrate. We're considering Shanghai and Guangzhou - some time in 1997. It will be the first time a foreigner has opened dance schools in China. Is ballroom dancing popular in China? Dancing has really taken off in the mainland. They dance in the parks in the early morning. It's a lovely sight. I've seen them dancing in the streets in Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Tianjin. I was in Shanghai last week and when I arrived at the airport there was a little couple with their radio, dancing in the lounge. I had to take a photo of that, but the police immediately moved me on - they thought I was a spy! Why is it so popular there? I think people like it because it's family entertainment. Mums and dads can dance together, brothers and sisters, mums and sons. It's happy, healthy and wholesome and it doesn't really cost anything. Why do people ballroom dance in Hong Kong? Apart from being physically healthy it's very good mentally. You've got to listen to the music, count time and think about what your partner is doing. If you're doing that there's no way you can think about all that office work on your desk. There are also all the balls here, especially now, coming up to Christmas. The socialites and business people like to dance and they want to look elegant and do it properly. Will 1997 be good for ballroom dancing? No doubt about it. I'm planning something very special for June 30. I'm hoping to get the Chinese, the British and the Hong Kong champions here for a friendly match. The only trouble is I've got to be careful who I get to judge it - perhaps I'll just mix up the pairs.