WAN Chai barflies may have to find another area to indulge their fantasies, as dancing girls could be in short supply over the next few weeks. Bar owners in the nightclub district are finding their supply of girls drying up as the Immigration Department clamps down on Thai and Filipino girls coming into the territory to dance in the bars, which, for P.S. readers who spend their evenings at cello recitals, are the main attraction. After an urgent appeal to the department earlier this month, the owners said officials appeared to have relaxed their stringent application of the rules. But Ms Stella Lee, manageress of Cheers Club in Lockhart Road, warned a lapse between the time when the existing girls' work visas expired and the arrival of replacements meant customers could be facing empty counters and stages. ''It will take about four or six weeks until we can get new girls.'' The weekend before last Ms Lee could only muster three girls to perform, instead of the usual 12 that normally ''pole dance''. ''I have already approached agencies, but they could not do anything because the Immigration Department has become much stricter. Until everything returns to normal, I will have an empty bar and I will lose a lot of money.'' The Immigration Department denied there had been a change in policy and said it did not discriminate when allowing people into the territory. ''Men and women alike are allowed to enter Hongkong for employment if they possess special skills. There is no substance in this allegation,'' said department spokesman Mr Eric Chan. An advertisement taken out in the Chinese-language press for local dancers by Ms Lee and other bar owners received no response. There are 21 bars in Wan Chai, with another four to open in the next few months. ''As it is, there are so few girls, and there is a lot of competition. Rents in this place are not cheap and having the dancing girls is a big attraction,'' said Ms Lee. One of Wan Chai's better-known establishments, Club United, a favourite stop to see in the dawn at the end of a hard night on the town, has had to close down. The move has nothing to do with a bar girl shortage, but the building is being redeveloped. Another casualty of the planned construction work is the corner of Lockhart and Luard roads where semi-retired ladies of the night congregate outside a fast-food stall to soak up the atmosphere.