Cambodian ‘fairy dancer’ wins hearts for rejecting film fame to promote country’s culture on global stage

She masters intricate moves of nation’s mesmerising hand-gesture dance.

A Cambodian classical dancer and influencer has shunned the glitzy world of acting and beauty contests to captivate international audiences with performances of the country’s traditional Apsara dance.

Sokea Kimleang, who is also known as Kon Ant, was born in the country’s capital, Phnom Penh, and grew up learning the traditional dance. She has spent her adult life promoting Khmer culture.

The Apsara originated in the country’s royal courts and is enjoyed for its exquisitely costumed dancers who incorporate mesmerising hand movements into the routines.

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