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Born in Hong Kong, China, Fung Hiu Ying Melody trained at Jean M. Wong School of Ballet and was awarded The Tsinforn C. Wong Memorial Scholarship. After graduating from The University of Hong Kong with First Class Honours in Social Work and Social Administration with a minor in counseling, she received postgraduate fellowships and is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree at The University of Hong Kong. Fung has worked with young people with mental illnesses and their families and is dedicated to integrating the arts with counselling services. In 2020, she joined Hong Kong Ballet as a Research Dance Fellow to study professional ballet dancers’ psychological well-being.
With HKB, she has danced in John Meehan’s Swan Lake, Cynthia Harvey’s The Sleeping Beauty, Nina Ananiashvili’s Don Quixote and George Balanchine’s Jewels. At Jean M. Wong School of Ballet, she performed the featured roles of Aurora and Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Swanhilda in Coppélia, Kitri in Don Quixote and Nikya in La Bayadère.
In 2010, Fung received the Solo Seal Award from The Royal Academy of Dance. Additionally, she won a total of six gold medals and two bronze medals at the Hong Kong Ballet Group Young Ballet Stars Award during 2007-2013. Fung received the HKSAR Government Talent Development Scholarship for two consecutive years, made the Dean’s Honour List at The University of Hong Kong several times and was awarded the University’s Alumni Prize.
1. Why do you dance?
I dance, because my body keeps inviting me to, and I love it. (And this is one of my research questions!)
2. What does ballet mean to you?
Ballet is a challenge, but it is also my best companion when facing other challenges in life.
3. What’s your most challenging ballet, and what made it so challenging?
La Bayadère. The challenges lie in the process of accepting and feeling the vulnerability of humanity, and through dance, embodying the most authentic emotions in love, betrayal, life and death.
4. Most memorable onstage moment?
It will probably happen next time when I perform on stage.
5. How do you unwind after a show?
The process performing unwinds me.
6. What keeps you motivated on tough days?
Gratefulness and kindness.
7. If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
I wish my body could travel freely in time and space with my mind and spirit. (That may also explain why I dance, perhaps?)
8. Where do you feel most yourself?
Any space where I can move freely and be with my loved ones.
9. What are your hobbies?
I love dancing, thinking, playing the piano, making crafts, biking, swimming, baking bread and learning new things!
10. What is the coolest thing about being a dancer?
To touch your soul and those around you, and being moved over and over again. (It is tiring, but cool!)