Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Work on royal dance academy begins

Work on royal dance academy begins

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

orchestra.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all