Dance

Cambodian Traditional Dance
Photo: Jean-Michel Gallet

The Performing Arts School introduced dance to the curriculum at the end of 2013.

The lessons begin with traditional Cambodian dance and build from there. Advanced classes introduce students to modern influences. The dance program aims at developing choreographies that students can perform on stage. Today, dance is part of the foundational curriculum of Performing Arts.

The curriculum is divided into three levels: leisure, preparatory, and secondary.

Leisure
dance class
Photo: Jordi Lafon
  • 8 to 12 years-old
  • Students focus on traditional Cambodian dance and rhythm.
Preparatory
  • 13 years-old
  • 2 hours/day, 2 days/week
  • Students train on basic dance gesture and traditional Cambodian dance.
Secondary
  • 14 to 17 years-old
  • Students focus on basic and fundamental gestures, dances and create new dances.
  • Students learn other additional courses in theatre, circus, dance, technical work, general education, and soft skills.

Today, dance students perform before each evening circus performance on the PPSA campus and during festivals throughout the year. Check out the schedule to see our talented dance students in action!

APSARA traditional dance
Photo: Caroline Hosey