The Angkor Dance Troupe has a wide range of classes taught by some of the best Khmer dance instructors in the world. Listed below are the current levels offered to members of the Angkor Dance Troupe.
|New Students (open)||Sundays, 12-2 pm||Mogan Center||Staff|
|Young Boys (open)||Wednesdays, 3-5 pm||Mogan Center||Staff|
|Jr. Staff (closed)||Thursdays, 12:30-3:30 pm||Mogan Center||Staff|
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The Angkor Dance Troupe provides numerous opportunities for members to perform. We have performed in numerous schools, at UMass, the Water Festival, numerous local functions, and as far away as Penn State University in College Station, Pennsylvania.
Angkor Dance Troupe members gain access to a wealth of classes taught by world renown master teachers. When members have attained proficiency in certain dances as determined by the master teachers, they can then join others to perform these dances throughout our communities and nation.
For example . . .
Penn State Performance
As an example of the many opportunities provided, Angkor Dance Troupe members journeyed to Penn State University campus in 2009 to perform a repertoire of dances before university students.
Watch the Penn State Trip video which displays the preparation, the trip and the activities leading up to performing on one of the nation's most prominent universities.
Harrington Elementary School Performance
DEC 15th, 2006
IN NORTH CHELMSFORD, MA
Dancers from the Angkor Dance Troupe have many different opportunities to perform before various different groups. The Dance Troupe has danced at the White House, First Night in Boston, the Lowell Folk Festival, national folk festivals, the Berkshire museum, Yale University, and many more. On this occassion, the Dance Troupe performed various dances before the students of the Harrington Elementary School in North Chelmsford, MA.
Not only were various different folk and classical dances performed before the eager students at the Harrington school, but the experience allowed personal, relevant contact between the dancers and the students. Students of various age were not only entertained but enlightened by the performance.
The students that day experienced a true learning experience. As a member of the Angkor Dance Troupe and a dancer in a community performance, you will not only learn the true khmer culture through traditional dance and be skilled in dance movements, but you'll impact students and others throughout this community to change their perspection of the Cambodian community and khmer dance, perhaps for the rest of their lives.
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Participation in the Troupe is open to anyone willing to make a commitment to Cambodian dance.
Participation in the classes and activities of the Angkor Dance Troupe requires registration and enrollment along with an annual membership fee. The membership fee helps to fund portions of the operations of the Dance Troupe, such as providing for the basic costs for our dancers during rehearsals and practices at our dance studio.
We can accommodate you if you need a waiver due to low income or other circumstances.
The registration form supplies us with contact information, especially in the case of an emergency. Click on the Registration Form to the right to open a larger version that can be printed.
The following policies and procedures has been implemented at the Angkor Dance Troupe for the safety of all performers and to ensure that appropriate behavior is displayed at all times. All dancers and staff are required to abide by these rules and regulations.
From: Tim Thou, Phousita Huy
Re: Contract concerning appropriate behavior during troupe rehearsals and other operations
- These rules have been developed for your safety and to ensure that we use our facility properly and respectfully. All dancers and staff must sign and return this contract.
- STAIRWELL –
- At no time, should any dancers lean over the stairway railing on the second or third floor stairwell. This is a very important safety rule. If you are seen hanging over the railing, you will be issued a verbal warning, and a written record will be made in the office. Repeat offenders will be suspended from the program.
- STRANGERS –
- If you see someone walking through the halls or rehearsal rooms that you do not recognize as a member or family member of a troupe dancer, notify an adult staff person at once. Adult staff will inquire about the nature of the visit, and if appropriate, have the guest sign in and receive a guest pass.
- FIRE ALARMS –
- If a fire alarm goes off, immediately leave the rehearsal rooms and make your way down the stairs. Use the buddy system – leave the building with at least one other person from the troupe. Members will gather in front of the building until we are told it is safe to return. If the front of the building is also being evacuated, move over to Boarding House Park next to the building. Stay together as a group. DO NOT ASSUME IT IS A FALSE ALARM unless an adult staff member tells you so (Adult staff include Mehmed Ali who works in the office in the lobby and/or anyone in a Lowell National Park uniform.)
- DRESS CODE –
- All dancers must adhere to our rehearsal dress code: K’ben and An Noy for girls and sweats for boys. No jeans are permitted.
- RESPECT –
- Be respectful at all times of master teachers and assistant instructors.
- LANGUAGE –
- No profanity (swearing) is allowed. No teasing, arguing, or otherwise “hurtful” language. Please treat your fellow dancers as you wish to be treated.
- DISCRIMINATION –
- No one will be discriminated against or in any way harassed on the basis of race, sex, age, or disability. Report violations at once to an adult staff member. We have a ZERO tolerance policy concerning discrimination.
- NO CELL PHONES –
- No cell phones are allowed in rehearsal rooms. You must turn off your cell phone during rehearsal.
- OTHER –
- You must inform your instructor if you need to leave a rehearsal room during rehearsal. Please minimize your “comings and goings.” It is disruptive to our rehearsals if dancers are constantly leaving and re-entering.
All members and staff will be issued laminated photo ID cards with a breakaway cord/lanyard to wear around their necks.
Once you are issued an ID card, you must wear it at all times while at the troupe’s headquarters at the Mogan Center and at performances – except when you are actually rehearsing or performing. Hooks will be installed in all of the rehearsal rooms so that you can remove your ID card while rehearsing, but you must wear your card whenever you leave a rehearsal room and use the halls.
It is your responsibility to bring your ID card to every rehearsal. For your convenience, we will install a rack at the Mogan Center where you can leave your card between rehearsals. Anyone losing a card will be charged $4.00 for a replacement.
If current members have friends who may be interested in joining the troupe, members are welcome to bring a friend to a rehearsal as a guest ONE TIME ONLY. If the guest wishes to return, he or she must enroll.
All guests must report to the office where they will sign in and be issued a guest pass. If you bring a guest, it is YOUR responsibility to escort your friend to the office to sign them in. If no staff is present in the office, please bring your guest to Ms. Phousita or one of the Assistant Instructors.
If you bring a guest, you are responsible for supervising him/her and making sure he/she complies with all Angkor Dance Troupe policies regarding safety and proper use of our facility.
If you see someone in the hall or a third floor room who does not have a guest pass or member ID card, please inform a staff member or assistant instructor who will approach the guest and ask if they have signed in.
If a newspaper photographer takes a photo that includes you during a performance or rehearsal and asks for your name for the photo caption, you must also say that you are a performer with the Angkor Dance Troupe.