Teenagers Set to Perform New Contemporary Dance

Teenagers from several child protection groups will perform a rare contemporary dance piece on Sunday at Gasolina restaurant as part of the Dance Made in Cambodia project.

Twenty-seven 13 to 19-year-olds from four NGOs will perform the piece choreographed and taught over eight weeks by Stephen Bimson, a dance teacher from Dance Made in Cambodia.

Teenage dancers rehearse Friday before their performance on Sunday at Phnom Penh's Gasolina restaurant, put on by the organization Dance Made in Cambodia. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
Teenage dancers rehearse Friday before their performance on Sunday at Phnom Penh’s Gasolina restaurant, put on by the organization Dance Made in Cambodia. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

Khan Chantrea, 13, a student from the Cambodian Organization for Living and Training, said she was nervous to have her first performance in front of a live audience.

“I expect my performance will be good and I will try my best to be successful,” Chantrea said.

“I will not show my nervous feelings.” The performance is part of a community dance project that works with underprivileged children in NGOs, Bimson said.

“Dance is not totally the driving force behind what we do,” Mr. Bimson said.

“We use dance as a vehicle to teach other skills that will help the kids with their future careers, in whatever they decide to go into.”

The performance starts at 5:45 p.m.

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