Traditional Chinese dance might not rank high on many primary school boys' lists of favourite pastimes. But for lads at one Tuen Mun primary, it is right at the top. At AD and FD of Pok Oi Hospital Cheng Yam On Millennium Primary School, in So Kwun Wat, traditional dancing has become one of the most popular activities on offer. 'We have seven dance troupes, but that still isn't enough to meet the demand,' said Shum Shui-wah, head of extra-curricular activities at the school. 'There are both boys and girls queuing up to join.' The dance teams are building up a growing collection of silverware. In February, they were named overall champions of Chinese dance (primary section) at the 42nd Schools Dance Festival, for the fourth time since 2001. The school also pioneered introducing boys to dance six years ago. 'Every other school had girls dressed as boys to play male parts, but we couldn't see why boys shouldn't get involved as well,' Ms Shum said. 'To begin with, some of the boys were not so keen, but we decided to do a very masculine dance to show them it was not just for girls.' That first dance involved the boys acting like tigers, and they were soon hooked. 'Performing in front of large crowds is such a rare experience for a child, it is something they will remember for their whole lives,' said Mok Hey-man, principal of the school. 'Since the students started the dancing, their results have improved, their behaviour has also improved and they have a lot more confidence.'