S: Cambodian Dance 2012
FC: Grace Performing Cambodian Dance 2012
1: Cambodian-American Heritage New Year's Dance Performance April 28, 2012 Gunston Middle School Arlington, VA
4: Getting ready for the performance is a lot of work but fun and exciting too!
5: Grace and her special friend Audrey
9: Backstage before the Performance!
10: Cambodian Dance Classical dance has been connected to the sacred rituals of Cambodia for more than one thousand years. During the great Angkorian civilization, dancers performed blessing ceremonies to bring prosperity to the Kingdom. Elegant and refined, classical dance combines highly stylized positions and gestures with gentle movements. Classical dances are confined to strict forms and prescribed language of movement. Classical costumes are very elaborate and the dancers are sewn into their costumes. Once reserved exclusively for Cambodia’s royal elite, classical dances are now performed for audiences around the world and symbolize the beauty and spirituality of the Cambodian culture.. Folk dances are rooted in rural Cambodia and depict rituals of everyday village life. The dances honor skills that are typically undervalued in the rush toward modern life, such as fishing and harvesting rice. Dance motifs are commonly based on local legends and inspired by themes of nature, as well as ceremonies and customs that shape the lives of the Khmer people. Just as classical dance is ruled by a strict form and prescribed language of movement, folk dance is offered as spontaneous and was created for emotional expressions. Costumes are very colorful and reflect the traditional dress of the particular province or ethnic group within Cambodia where the dances originate. .
11: The Blessing Dance The Blessing Dance was first performed in Cambodia to rid the palace of bad spirits and to bless the kingdom. Today the blessing dance is performed at the beginning of all types of performances and ceremonies – special occasions like a wedding – to bless the event and to welcome honored guests. During the performance, the dancers come forward and sprinkle flower petals toward the audience. This is done in the hope of bringing you peace, prosperity, and good health.
12: Grace's first dance of the evening
13: The Blessing Dance
16: The Sword Dance
19: Dance of the Mermaids
20: Beautiful Music and Singing
21: The Dance of the Butterfly
22: Grace is in the middle
24: The Rice Harvest Dance
25: The Beautiful Moon Dance
26: The Finale | You can see Grace in the second row in the photo on the right
27: Madame Sam-Oeun Tes | Sochietoh Ung | Devi Yim | The DanceTeachers