Yuri Ng, 39 Yuri Ng is artistic director of the Hong Kong Ballet Group. Hong Kong-born Ng received classical ballet training in Hong Kong, Canada and England before becoming a professional with the National Ballet of Canada and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. In 1993 he became a choreographer for top local dance companies. In 1997 he was named Artist of the Year - Choreographer by the Hong Kong Arists' Guild and won the Prix d'Auteur at the Sixth Choregraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis (Bagnolet) in France in 1998. In 1999 he founded his own dance company. What qualifications do you need? To become a professional dancer, you must reach the standard required by the dance company or choreographer. Body figure and music sense are also important. Classical ballet is more strict. One should begin training as early as 10. But non-classical dance has different requirements. Even if you have a long back or short legs, as long as you have what the choreographer wants, you can dance. You also need to know how to incorporate your life experience into your performance. What sort of person does the job suit? You have to have strong determination. The word professional doesn't just mean that you are skilful, but you also have to be committed to the performance. What's the best way into the industry? Join a well-established dance group to start with. Is there a clear career path? In the beginning you may play some small roles. After a while, when your body can no longer handle the physical work, you can become a teacher, a choreographer or an artistic director of a dance company. You can do administrative work to help promote the company, or go backstage to do lighting, costume and set design. What work hours do you keep? When preparing for a show, we usually start at 10am with some basic exercises, followed by a rehearsal in the afternoon till 6pm. What's the best part of your job? I enjoy teaching because explaining what I know to students is challenging, and I learn a lot. As a dance auteur, I enjoy presenting my point of view to the audience. What's the worst? I can't think of any. Perhaps it's the amount of money I make. I can't afford any investments, but it doesn't matter to me. Who is your role model? Danish ballet dancer Erik Bruhn. His vision of beauty and interpretation of classical moves was inspiring. He taught us that we must keep learning about new ideas and different types of dance. Salary? We don't make much money. Sometimes we get nothing, but we still do it because it's a rare opportunity. Last word? If you love dancing, just go ahead and do your best.