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Work on royal dance academy begins

King Norodom Sihamoni has given his blessing to the development of an academy for

classical ballet, modern dance and orchestral music in Phnom Penh.

A French colonial-style building on Sihanouk Blvd is being renovated to house the

Royal Academy of Music and Ballet in Cambodia, which will be the only school in Cambodia

to offer classical ballet.

A driving force behind the academy has been Haitian-born dancer Yvrose Green, president

of the International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Art,

an NGO that consults with the United Nations.

Green arrived in Cambodia late last year to teach dance at international schools

and has worked to establish the academy, which will feature European dance teachers

and musicians from the United States.

On May 13, King Sihamoni, a former classical dancer and opera enthusiast, met with

Green and welcomed the idea. Formal approval was given by the Minister of Culture

and Fine Arts June 10.

The academy will offer instruction in classical and modern ballet, contemporary Khmer

dance, tap, jazz and choreography and has long-term plans of forming a philharmonic




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