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Dance on Parallel Lines Series: "Pay It Forward" by Mandy Petty, Ken Kwok and Huynh Eric

Venue Date & Time Price
Theatre, Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre
$200, $160


18.10.2013 with meet-the-artist session


From Hong Kong tap masters – a new lease of life


Tap dance has evolved over the years, with the steps being shared, between master and student.  

It's quite acceptable to steal steps, as long as we acknowledge our sources and thus "Pay It Forward" to the next generation.



Mandy Petty*

Ken Kwok

Huynh Eric



Penny Tse

Gigi Yiu

Calvin Tang


*By kind permission of the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts.



Choreographer/Tapper: Mandy Petty

Mandy began her dance training in the UK, at an early age.  At 16, she embarked on a 3-year full-time dance course at Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom, where she received training in ballet, tap and jazz, along with singing and acting, ensuring her a career as a triple threat performer.  During her training, Mandy became the first recipient of the Marjorie Davis Star Tap Award (a national competition that is now held annually in the UK) and completed her ISTD teaching qualifications, receiving an award as the most promising teacher.  In 1978, Mandy began working professionally, performing in pantomime in her home town, and then internationally, in a small cabaret group which toured South East Asia from 1979 to1981.

When Mandy decided to settle in Hong Kong in 1981, she immediately began teaching for a number of local, private studios but it was when she was invited to teach tap at the newly formed Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, that tap really began to take hold in Hong Kong.  In 1995, Mandy became a full-time Lecturer in the Musical Theatre stream of the School of Dance, HKAPA where she taught jazz and tap to most of the performers that you see on stage in Pay It Forward

Over the years, Mandy has choreographed for many dance concerts and musicals, both for the Academy and for other local performing groups, but it is the big tap musicals that she loves best, including 42nd Street and Crazy for You.  In order for any art form to remain current, it is important that we acknowledge our roots but then add a little of our own creative flair.  Seeing one’s work being developed and shared with future generations, is the greatest compliment any teacher could receive, so Mandy is honoured and humbled to be invited to share the stage with her former students.  She would like to thank R & T for their dedication to the world of tap dance and for ensuring that Mandy’s legacy continues in Hong Kong. 

Mandy Petty participates in this production by kind permission of the HKAPA.


Choreographer/Tapper: Ken Kwok

Ken Kwok graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts(HKAPA) School of Dance majoring in Musical Theatre Dance. During his study there, he attained the ISTD Advanced Tap Certificate with Honours, and was awarded a scholarship to participate in the American Dance Festival in 1998.

From 2001 to 2004, he joined the Hong Kong Dance Company as a full-time dancer, performing in many of its well-known productions. From 2004 to 2005 he received a scholarship to further his studies in Modern, tap dance and Jazz dance at the Off Jazz Dance Center in France. Between 2005 and 2007, he attained Australia’s Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing (CSTD) Advanced Bronze, Silver, Gold, Gold Bar & Gold Star tap Certificate with Honours & (CSTD) Teacher’s Certificate. He obtained the Honours Award (Tap Dance Category) at the Kangaroo Cup in 2006.

His major performance & choreography include the tap piece in the event “Dragon Jamboree” for the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, 2008 Hong Kong Dance Awards opening tap dance performance. His choreography {2x2K} was invited to be performed at Taipei tap festival 2008 – Tap together. In November 2008, he participated as a choreographer and a producer for R&T’s first production – Original Tap Show (Under The Hood). In April 2009, he worked alongside MT Pulse to choreograph for its jazz dance show Blazing.

Ken is the founder & member of R&T (Rhythm & Tempo), a freelance dancer and choreographer. He is a dance teacher at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts for EXCEL, CCDC Dance Centre, Hong Kong Dance Company Evening Course and other institutions.  


Choreographer/Tapper: Huynh Eric

Huynh Eric was a chorister since he was six, and was a member of the Children’s Choir and Youth Choir of the Music Office of Hong Kong.  He was on the choir’s delegation to Kagoshima in 2002 for musical exchange and performance. He graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2006, majoring in Musical Theatre Dance and was later awarded the ISTD Intermediate Tap Certificate with distinction. While at the Academy, he was awarded several scholarships, including the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation Scholarships, and represented the Academy at a study tour to Guangzhou.

Since graduation, Huynh has performed lead roles in several musical productions, including Theatre Space’s A Chorus Line (as Paul); Theatre Noir X Le French May’s Cabaret des Annees Folles (as Jean Sablon and Policeman); Hong Kong Dance Company’s Journey to the Wild West (as Monk Tripitaka) and Tsuen Wan Legend; 3ami’s Grease (as Danny) and Alice and the Little Golden Book (as Bunny); and  Hong Kong Chorus’s Oliver (as Fagin) etc. Huynh has collaborated with many performing arts groups, including 3ami, Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, Hong Kong Dance Company, Theatre Space, Theatre Noir, 2 on Stage, Actors’ Family, Class 7A Drama Group, Spring-time Stage Productions, R & T (Rhythm & Tempo) etc.

He has choreographed for dance productions and taught dance courses for several organisations and education institutes. He has been the choreographer of the Children’s Choir and Youth Choir of the Music Office as well as the Hong Kong Children’s Choir since 2010, and was the Assistant Choreographer for the Summer Musical School production of Grease at the HKAPA’s Extension and Continuing Education for Life (EXCEL). His solo theatre productions include the musicals Edges.

Hunyh is currently a freelance performer, choreographer and dance instructor.





Chi-wing Wong

Technical Director:

Benny Shaw

Stage Manager:

Benny Shaw

Deputy Stage Manager:

Chun-hing Sei

Assistant Stage Manager:

Yeuk-sze Chan

Set Designer:

Chi-wing Wong

Sound Designer:

Can Dog

Lighting Designer:

Chun-hing Sei

Costume Designer:

Kenneth Leung

Graphic Designer:

Zee Li


Joyce makeup

Photographer (Promote):

Kar Wai

Photographer (Show):

Dicky Wong


C. Production




Tickets available 6 September onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Credit Card Telephone Booking


Discount Scheme

Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis).
Concessionary ticket holders must produce evidence of their identity or age upon admission.


Group Booking Discount

10% off for each purchase of 4-9 tickets at regular price, 15% off for 10-19 tickets, and 20% off for 20 tickets or more


Programmes of “Dance on Parallel Lines Series”: Pay It Forward and Dig-a-Dig

10% off for each purchase of 1 standard ticket for each of 2 programmes




Programme: 2268 7323

Ticketing: 2734 9009

Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999

Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk


Running time of this programme is about 1 hour 15 minutes without interval

Audiences are strongly advised to arrive punctually. No latecomers will be admitted until a suitable break in the programme


The contents of this programme do not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department

The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary



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