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Dance in Cambodia 

 

Dance is an important art form in Cambodia. All the dances are highly symbolic, with a strict order and prescribed form. The Khmer Rouge killed or exiled many dancers because of their close relationship with the royal family (many dancers were well-born or actually members of the royal family). 

 

There are ongoing attempts to revive and restore this classical art form. If you have a chance to attend a performance, you really should do so, both to support the efforts to ring the art form back, and to experience a very unusual dance form.

 

Folk dances never really went away. The performances were used as teaching tools, so they reflect tales from Cambodia literature and a long oral tradition of story-telling. 

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