A public dance session will offer young people a chance to let off some steam and show their creativity. Organised by the Hong Kong Youth Arts Festival (HKYAF), Groove 4 Good Dance-A-Thon will be held from noon to 10pm at Chater Garden in Central on May 22. The event will help raise funds for HKYAF to launch arts projects for young people. The pre-registration deadline for the session is May 13. Hong Kong may not have a thriving dance culture, but the city has many dance schools offering a wide variety of courses for enthusiasts. If you are the restless type with a strong character, hip-hop dance is the thing for you. Spontaneous and creative, it is fast becoming a favourite hobby among local teenagers. 'Young people like hip-hop because its dance steps can reflect their individual style,' said Li Wing-fai - aka High King - who, along with his dancers, has been invited by HKYAF to perform on May 22. 'Regardless of whether someone is tall or short, fat or thin, they can develop their movements based on their personality and body shape,' the Hong Kong hip-hop dance guru and veteran choreographer added. Li's Ones To Watch Dance Company, which specialises in hip-hop and jazz dance, conducts courses for those aged eight or above. For more details, visit www.onestowatch.com.hk or call 2376 2133. While boys dominate the hip-hop scene, girls prefer traditional Chinese dance. 'Chinese dance is about the beauty of body movements and it is elegant. The costumes [of the ethnic Chinese dance] are also very beautiful,' said Congu Yu, the director of Bizi Stage Production, a dance school. Diocesan Girls' School, coached by Bizi Stage, won the choreography prize at the secondary school dance competition last year. Bizi Stage offers Chinese dance courses for four- to 19-year-olds (call 2562 2273). Scholarships are offered for talented dancers. Since dancing is about expressing yourself, learning the basic skills of choreography is also important. The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts will conduct a choreography workshop for teenagers (aged 14-18) in July. Call 2584 8721 for details. 'Modern dance is about developing the characteristics of each individual's body rather than following a particular style,' said award-winning dancer Yeung Wai-mei, one of the three instructors at the workshop. If you like rhythmic sounds, tap dancing is a good option. 'It is like using your feet to create music,' said Rex Chiu Ho-yin, who teaches tap dancing at the City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC). 'You can learn about body co-ordination because you have to listen to the music while moving your feet.' For more details about tap-dancing classes, call CCDC at 2328 9205.