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The electrifying passion keeping Hong Kong's street dancers moving

Pandemic adds to problems performers already face in unforgiving city

From left, Hayboogie, Popper88, Kaspy, Fish, and Gerin: Performance artists who have kept dancing through protests, a pandemic and now a recession. (Photos by Paul Yeung)

HONG KONG -- Ramen chef Fish arrives in a park before midnight in Tin Shui Wai, a remote Hong Kong district close to Shenzhen, to join his friends who are blasting beat music from a dimly lit corner. At first glance, the group of five masked men can seem intimidating. But they are simply dancing and their masks, a sign of the times.

Thirty-year-old Fish is an elite street dancer. Not an easy way to make a living in the best of times in a city that thrives mainly on business and finance, and other "serious" pursuits. Now laid low by COVID-19, Hong Kong is an even tougher place for these performers who can only find comfort dancing for each other and themselves, in places such as this park in Tin Shui Wai.

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