Capturing Art in the City through Dance Photography of Hong Kong’s Young Dancers

Art is everywhere, which is why DANCE PROJECT HK brings together dance, photography, and the artistic nuances of the city. This one of a kind photography series features astonishing images of child dancers amongst the backdrop of Hong Kong’s architectural cityscapes. 

These dancers may be small, but their artistry and passion for dance is mighty! DANCE PROJECT HK provides young dancers with the rare opportunity to experience high art and challenge their artistry. Allowing our youth to step beyond their boundaries of creativity and exploration. 

Each year unveils different locations around Hong Kong, bringing out the distinctive dynamism of our city. From heritage sites that reflect a wealth of rich history, to modern day architecture marking the pace of innovation, we capture the attributes of sites both old and new. 

The interchangeability of life and art is eminent in our city, but with our busy lives focused on getting from A to B, we sometimes miss the sparks that surround us. Let these captivating dance photos open your eyes to the vibrant and magical aspects of Hong Kong!

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Jockey Club Innovation Tower, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

It's not about how high you jump, it's about how you land.

Stay grounded in everything you do, because there's always room to grow. Lunging into the next leap, this dancer reaches her limbs beyond her fingers and toes to achieve flawless extension.

Location: Jockey Club Innovation Tower, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Dance Student: Pallas Leung
Dancewear: Tutulamb

Nam Shan Estate

Like fireflies in the night sky, the city lights glow.

Fiery, fierce and draped in red, this dancer adds a dash of spice to bring this photo to life! Great dancers take command of the stage, be it in the theatre or city streets!

Location: Nam Shan Estate
Dance Student: Myrelle Lam
Dancewear: Tutulamb

Blue House, Wan Chai

What's the secret password?

Why dance of course! Guarding the doors to a wonderland of pirouettes and jetés, no one gets past this powerful dancer. Beaming in yellow, her pose is right on point!

Location: Blue House, Wan Chai
Dance Student: Abigail Leung
Dancewear: Tutulamb

Spiral Staircase, Garden Road, Central

Round and round she goes, where she stops, nobody knows!

Gracefully running up the stairs before the clock strikes 12, a long fluorescent train trails behind her every step. A combination of natural shadows and light illuminate the pavement with unique patterns and prints!

Location: Spiral Staircase, Garden Road, Central
Dance Student: Renee Huang
Dancewear: Tutulamb

Wai Yip Street Pedestrian Bridge

With strength and power, no leap is too big for this dancer!

Strokes of blue and red stripes pave the way. Preparing for a dance marathon of tours en l'air, fouettés, barrel turns, and straddle jumps...it's time to put that game face on. Ready, set, GO!

Location: Wai Yip Street Pedestrian Bridge
Dance Student: Jasper Yu
Dancewear: Tutulamb

Lok Wah South Estate

Bendy and stretchy just like PINK bubblegum!

In dance, passion is just one piece of the puzzle. Hard work and practice goes a long way. Stretching may not be everyone's favourite part of dance, but overtime it gets a little easier and more enjoyable to do. And on the plus side, it makes for some great party tricks!

Location: Lok Wah South Estate
Dance Student: Mikaela Ho
Dancewear: Tutulamb

Jockey Club Innovation Tower, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Stand out in the concrete jungle!

An industrial space transformed into art by the simple touch of colour and movement. This queen of the jungle keeps her hair neat and taut so that she can spin, leap, and slide all day long.

Location: Jockey Club Innovation Tower, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Dance Student: Pallas Leung
Dancewear: Tutulamb

Nam Shan Estate

These jungle gym bars are like the arches of a rainbow.

Fiery, fierce and draped in red, this dancer adds a dash of spice to bring this photo to life! Great dancers take command of the stage, be it in the theatre or city streets!

Location: Nam Shan Estate
Dance Student: Myrelle Lam
Dancewear: Tutulamb

School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong

Pointing up to the very top!

These crisp white glacial walls capture the briskness of our dancer in blue. Creating sharp shapes with her toes and fingers like wintery icicles. Frozen in time, this picture perfect pose expresses the beauty of movement.

Location: School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong
Dance Student: Elise Lam
Dancewear: Tutulamb

The White Chapel, Discovery Bay

Amongst the towering triangular chapel, these sporty tones of green, yellow and pink add a little spark into the picture! Whether feeling the breeze brush by in an outdoor setting or while doing chaîné turns, every moment in dance is electric!

Location: The White Chapel, Discovery Bay
Dance Student: Qhawekazi Monin
Dancewear: Tutulamb

Spiral Staircase, Garden Road, Central

A dancer never get dizzy!

The secret to spinning is to find the perfect spot to focus your eyes on. Surrounded by many details and architectural nuances, these summery hues of pink and yellow shine bright amongst the infinite spiralling staircase.

Location: Spiral Staircase, Garden Road, Central
Dance Student: Renee Huang
Dancewear: Tutulamb

Hong Kong Design Institute, Tseung Kwan O

"X" Marks the Spot!

Embarking on our own treasure hunt of sorts, we've scouted out the best spot to get our shot! Bold in blue, this jump for joy amplifies the enormous size of these assymetrical pillars. Afterall, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Location: Hong Kong Design Institute, Tseung Kwan O
Dance Student: Mikaela Ho
Dancewear: Tutulamb

Blue House, Wan Chai

Dancing in an ocean of Blue!

Reminding us of the serene sea and sky, this colour can also be loud and confident! Spreading her wings like a canary swooping past the clouds, now this is how you strike a pose!

Location: Blue House, Wan Chai
Dance Student: Abigail Leung
Dancewear: Tutulamb

Jockey Club Innovation Tower, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Kicking off the new season with a pop of ORANGE!

A blend of red and yellow, the colour orange presents us with a taste of joy, creativity, and enthusiasm! Splashing with colour, Twinkle Dance Project HK's new season features vivid images, striking poses, and breathtaking landscapes. Stay tuned for more bold and beautiful snapshots of our talented young dancers!

Location: Jockey Club Innovation Tower, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Dance Student: Pallas Leung
Dancewear: Tutulamb

Wong Tai Sin - Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple

A little pocket of peace and paradise sits right here in Hong Kong at the Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple. This network of religious halls and shrines is bridged by naturous gardens and fountains. The temple is a historic site that houses three religions (Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism). The beauty of nature, divinity, meditation and peace can all be found under one roof at the Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple. Take a breather and visit this lush site which exudes calmness. Or snap a shot within the gardens, and take note of its impeccable feng shui!

Location: Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple, Wong Tai Sin
Dance Student: Joni Singleton
Dancewear: Tutulamb

Tsing Yi - Bamboo Theatre

What goes up, must come down! The Bamboo Theatre in Tsing Yi is a temporary structure that uses the signature architectural design and construction methods of Hong Kong’s bamboo scaffolding. You can visit this illustrious site twice a year, once for the celebration of the birth of ‘The Empress of Heaven’, Tin Hau and the other for ‘The True Lord’, Zhen Jun. Revealing her true colours, this dancer is wearing a traditional Chinese Dance headpiece known as “Pheasant feathers”.

Location: Bamboo Theatre, Tsing Yi
Dance Student: Cheryl Ho
Dancewear: Tutulamb

Western District - Cargo Working Area (Instagram Pier)

Hong Kong acts as a hub for import and export due to its coastal proximity. Western Cargo District Working Area (Instagram Pier) is one of the main cargo locations that handles various types of cargo every day. Neighbouring the hip district of Kennedy Town, Instagram Pier attracts plenty of tourists and locals for the ultimate scenic snapshot. With boats, shipping containers and stacks of bamboo, you can be sure to capture some quirky photos with these unique backdrops. For the best experience, visit this cargo dock on the weekend! 

Location: Western District Cargo Working Area, Shek Tong Tsui
Dance Student: Ashley Siu
Dancewear: Tutulamb

Wong Tai Sin - Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple

A bounty of rich heritage and architectural beauty contrasts the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong’s city life. Built in 1921, this historic building is home to three religions, including Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism. In search of wonder and mystique? The Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple is also well known for its fortune telling and divine guidance. Stop over at this sacred site and see what you’re future holds, maybe a fun photo or a personal revelation?

Location: Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple, Wong Tai Sin
Dance Student: Nica McMahon
Dancewear: Tutulamb

Ngau Tau Kok - Lok Wah South Estate

Like a hall of reflective mirrors, Lok Wah South Estate features one of the city’s most unique architectural ingenuities. The public housing estate was built in the early 1980s in Ngau Tau Kok. It soon became an attraction of Hong Kong due to its blue geometric tunnel that sat on the roof of the car park. Locals, tourists, and especially photographers love visiting this site to capture some striking photos against this amazing background.

Location: Ngau Tau Kok, Lok Wah South Estate
Dance Student: Faye Hoyle
Dancewear: Tutulamb

Lai Chi Kok - Lingnan Garden

With an ancient Chinese architectural design, Lai Chi Kok Park - Lingnan Garden takes us back in time. Open to the public in 2000, this historic site occupies 12,500 square metres. Embrace the beauty of vintage and snap the perfect shot!

Location: Lai Chi Kok - Lingnan Garden
Dance Student: Madeleine Wu
Dancewear: Tutulamb

Western District - Cargo Working Area (Instagram Pier)

A pier named after a social media app? Western District Cargo Working Area (also known as Instagram Pier) is one of the six cargo working areas managed by Hong Kong Marine Department. It was given its nickname because of the huge influx of Instagram posts and media coverage that took place here. Instagram Pier won the “Outstanding Public Space Election” and has attracted many locals and tourists.

Location: Western District Cargo Working Area, Shek Tong Tsui.
Dance Student: Ashley Siu
Dancewear: Tutulamb

Choi Hung - Choi Hung Estate

Named after its “rainbow” exterior, Choi Hung Estate is one of the oldest public housing estates in Hong Kong. With 11 blocks of residential buildings, various shops and restaurants are located in the area. Surrounded by a labyrinth of roads, the estate is still accessible by major roads , making it a convenient Instagrammable location. Its cheerful and colourful background attracts locals and tourists alike for some fabulous photo taking.

Location: Choi Hung Estate, Choi Hung, Hong Kong
Dance Student: Faye Hoyle
Dancewear: Tutulamb

Quarry Bay - Montane Mansion

A breathtaking shot at the “Monster Building” in Quarry Bay. This little-known location was made a tourist hotspot since being feature in the Hollywood blockbuster Transformers: Age of Extinction in 2014.

Location: Montane Mansion, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
Dance Student: Sofia Britton
Dancewear: Tutulamb, Bloch

Central - MTR Station

Central Station! Originally named Chater Station, the sprawling station with over 14 exits was opened in 1980 by Princess Alexandra.
The distinctive calligraphy written by MTR’s retired architect Mr Abe Au has become an iconic feature of MTR. The featured “Calligraphy Master” costume brilliantly celebrates the traditional art of Calligraphy with a touch of modernity, embodying elements from the East and West in one.

Location: Central MTR Station Platform, Hong Kong
Dance Student: Scarlett Gannon
Outfit: Tutulamb “Calligraphy Master”

Central - Graham Street Market

This market located in the heart of central on a slope has been serving its community for over 150 years. With a lineup of stalls selling fresh vegetables, fruits to eggs and fermented products, it’s one of Hong Kong’s oldest markets.

Location: Central Graham Street Market, Hong Kong
Dance Student: Sofia Britton
Outfit: Tutulamb, Lucky Leo Dancewear

Mong Kok - Tung Choi Street (Ladies Market)

This one-kilometre street market has over 100 stalls. Not to be fooled by its name, this market sells all kinds of merchandises not only for the ladies. From clothing, accessories to CDs and home furnishing, the market is frequented by both locals and tourists.

Location: Tung Choi Street (Ladies Market), Mong Kok, Hong Kong
Dance Student: Helena Karuna Krueger
Outfit: “Ladies in the Market” by Tutulamb

Central - Pedder Street

Established in early colonial days, the street was named after William Pedder, the first lieutenant of British warship, Nemesis. 
In its heydays, Pedder Street was home to many significant financial and governmental establishment. Inspired by a few of Hong Kong’s most common transportation, Taxi, Tram and Minibus, Tutulamb’s three variations of Busy Transit costumes fit in seamlessly in this nowadays major thoroughfare in the heart of Central.

Location: Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong
Dance Student: Abbie Fitzgibbon, Penelope Dominique, Myrelle Lam 
Outfit: “Busy Transits” by Tutulamb 

Mong Kok - Sai Yeung Choi Street

A hot spot for Hong Kong locals, it’s considered as the most popular and crowded street in the already busy Mong Kok.
The heavily populated street is occupied not only with shops but a myriad of signs from both current and previous occupants. The featured Tutulamb Flashing Sign costume here was inspired by nightscape of the almost never-ending lineup of signs.

Location: Sai Yeung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
Dance Student: Lynette Cheng
Outfit: “Flashing Signs” by Tutulamb

Central - Pottinger Street

Also know as Stone Slab Street to locals. The stone slabs were paved in 1930s’ to make the originally steep slope easier to ascend and descend. It‘s one of the oldest streets in Hong Kong and categorized as a Grade 1 historic building.

Location: Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong
Dance Student: Sofia Britton
Outfit: Tutulamb

Tsing Yi - Bamboo Theatre

The temporary theatre displaying traditional opera opens annually to celebrate the birthdays of Chinese god and goddess, Zhenjun and Tin Hau. Together with stalls selling a variety of local snacks, the celebration attracts thousands of visitors each year.

Location: Tsing Yi Bamboo Theatre, Hong Kong
Dance Student: Cheryl Ho
Outfit: "Chinese Opera" by Tutulamb

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