HONGKONG Ballet principal dancer Eriko Ochiai has taken first prize in the 1993 Festival of Ballet competition organised by the International Ballet of Luxembourg. Eriko competed against dancers from 22 other nations, including China, Japan and Russia, in the finals held recently. Her winning performance consisted of variations from Le Corsaire, a Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, and a solo from Who Cares? Besides coming first in the female singles section, she also received a special Ministry of Culture award from a separate panel of judges. Tokyo-born Eriko joined the Hongkong Ballet in December 1988. She has become noted for her crisp ballet technique, and won critical acclaim for her performance as Olympia in Tales of Hoffmann and her classical virtuosity and aplomb in Balanchine's Tarantella. Hongkong audiences will have the chance to see Eriko perform the solo from Who Cares? in the Hongkong Ballet season at the Grand Theatre, Hongkong Cultural Centre, from September 17 to 26 this year.