Two teenagers have pledged to devote their lives to ballet and 'keep dancing until we are old'. Fiona Kam Lok-yung and Catherine Lau Shuk-yee, both 14, who have been taking dance lessons for nine and 10 years respectively, said their dream was to become professional ballerinas. They are members of the Royal Academy of Dancing and are practising for the intermediate-level examination. Recalling their childhood, the girls said they were enchanted by the clothes and elegant movements of dancers. Lok-yung said 'it is natural that she fell in love with ballet', while Shuk-yee said she didn't have another hobby besides dancing. 'Nine years for a ballet dancer is not much. I think I have another nine years to go before I become a professional,' Lok-yung said. 'I enjoy practising and I've made a lot of friends here (at the academy). We chat and laugh together and I feel closer to them than my sisters,' Shuk-yee said. The two friends have a favourite ballet - Swan Lake . They say it has a beautiful story and dance sequences. Lok-yung and Shuk-yee had a unique experience when they won a scholarship to the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne. The four-week programme, worth $40,000, covered their tuition fees and accommodation expenses. They said the Australians used different teaching methods during lessons. Lok-yung said they found it difficult to adapt to their new environment at the beginning. 'I lost my confidence totally because they were of a higher standard than us. 'Although ballet is becoming more popular in Hong Kong, we always see it as a hobby. 'On the contrary, the attitude of Australian students is different. They prac tise a lot, study the history of ballet and are prepared to become professional dancers,' she said. They practised six days a week, six hours a day Down Under. 'We didn't travel around much because we didn't have time. We didn't receive any special attention in Australia. 'We were treated as normal students in class. Therefore, we had to put in extra effort to come up to their level. Hard work is the key to success,' Shuk-yee said.