Ms YU, Pik Yim
Senior Lecturer (Chinese Dance)
Yu Pik-yim graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) and was awarded a scholarship to further her studies at the Beijing Dance Academy, majoring in Chinese folk dance. She has been a professional dancer with the Hong Kong Dance Company from 1991 to 1999. In 2005, she completed a Master’s Degree of Creative Industry (Dance Teaching) at the Queensland University of Technology. Yu is currently Lecturer (Chinese Dance) at HKAPA and the Artistic Director of T&Y Creative Arts.
In 2003, her choreographic work “Life?” received the Class 2 Award for Originality and performance at the 7th Peach & Plum Cup Dance Competition in China. In 2004, “Cohere” got the Gold Award for performance at the 2nd Bauhinia Cup Hong Kong Dance Championships; and “Break Through” received the Bauhinia Cup Four Seas Overall Championship, Gold Award for Originality and Sliver Award for performance at the same event. “Thousand Lives” got the Grant Prize of the 4th Bauhinia Cup, Gold Award for Originality and Gold Award in 2008. “Once in the Secret Night” received the Grand Prize at the 4th Shenzhen Dance Competition (Choreography Category) in December 2006 and, the Hong Kong Dance Alliance – Hong Kong Dance Award 2007. “The Besiegement” received the Characteristic 1st Award, and the “Cohere” also received the 1st Award in the Folk Category in the Barcelona Dance Award 2007 in Spain. In 2009, Yu won the Grand Prix at the 2009 New Prague Dance Festival Competition for two new works – “The Snow” and “Thousand Lives.”
She has been invited by the Hong Kong Dance Company, the Drama School and the Chinese Traditional Theatre Program of HKAPA, and the HsinChu Dance School of Taiwan as guest choreographer. She also invited as the Reviewer by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and the Adjudicator of local Dance Competitions.
Yu is currently a member of the Graduate Education Committee and the MFA Advisory Committee.