The Blessing Dance is a Khmerbringing blessings on the event and the audience accompanied by the sprinkling of flower petals.
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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 brining you peace, prosperity, and good health.
The beauty and exquisite appearance of each dancer in the Blessing Dance is preceded by an elaborate preparation time where each dancer prepares not only physically but mentally for the role they will perform. Take a sneak peak backstage to view how master teachers prepare performers to dance the Blessing Dance.
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Each hand gesture signifies something different and is often performed in unison with other gestures, often in a very specific order. Many dances use common gestures.
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