An Important Announcement from our Staff
March 21, 2020
To Our Community:
Due to concerns involving COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus, Angkor Dance Troupe has decided to suspend all programs until further notice. We hope to resume rehearsal as soon as possible to finish the Spring semester, however, that date remains unclear and our main priority is the safety of our students and staff. As the ongoing situation changes, we will adjust our operations and keep you updated along the way. We understand that your e-mail may be flooded with announcements on the COVID-19. For the quickest news, please follow our social media accounts - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter - and turn the notifications on.
As excited as we were to celebrate Cambodian New Year with you in April, we unfortunately had to cancel or postpone all of our shows for the month. We will be working hard to keep our media updated online so that you can still watch performances or fun tutorial clips on our YouTube channel with your loved ones at home as we all practice social distancing. You may still submit a form to inquire about future events and speak to a staff member.
We also wanted to share resources that may help your family during this time. The Asian American Resource Workshop has compiled a list for general information on the COVID-19, how to deal with anti-asian racism, and aid for families that are not working. The Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association has shared valuable information on their Facebook page in Khmer for families that have a difficult time understanding English. The City of Lowell government page is updated daily with announcements from the Health Department and important news from the Mayor, our Governor, and the President that may affect your daily life.
Lowell Community Health Center recently shared simple precautions to help prevent the spread of the flu and other respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19:
If you have not done so already, get a flu shot.
Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care (and remember to call prior to visiting your doctor's office).
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw the tissue away after use.
If no tissue is available, cough or sneeze into your sleeve.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, going to the bathroom, and before eating or preparing food.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects such as tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, computer keyboards, and cabinet handles.
Stay safe, stay healthy, and we hope to see you all again very soon.
Angkor Dance Troupe Staff
Connecting communities through the preservation, education, and innovation of Cambodian performing arts.
Angkor Dance Troupe was established in November 1986 when Tim Thou and a passionate group of Cambodian refugees came together in Lowell, Massachusetts with the sole purpose to revive a culture once almost lost.
As the heart of the Cambodian Community, the Angkor Dance Troupe is nationally recognized as one of the most accomplished and experienced U.S. - based Cambodian traditional arts organizations.
A few features include:
Philadelphia All-America City Competition
Boston's First Night
Monkey Dance (Documentary) - website
Travel Channel - Bizarre Foods - website
"Neighborhood Kitchens" (WGBH) - website
Angkor Dance Troupe (ADT) teaches and performs a body of work developed at the Royal University of Fine Arts (RUFA) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia - where they are considered the world’s cultural source and standard bearer for traditional Cambodian arts. ADT's Artistic Director, Phousita Huy is a master teacher and former faculty member of the Royal University. She toured internationally as a principal dancer with the Classical Dance Company of Cambodia.
Accompanied by a team of esteemed master teachers from RUFA, our mission is to heal our community and share the history of traditional Cambodian performing arts.
Check our calendar for live public performances or book us for your next event.
Dance | Music | Khmer Language
We envision Lowell, Massachusetts to be the epicenter for Cambodian performing arts with the Angkor Dance Troupe at the core.
To achieve this vision, our goal is to certify 10 new master teachers to continue the legacy of Cambodian culture and arts.
Through cultural exchanges and programs including dance, music, and Khmer Language class, students will learn how to explain the history and stories of the Cambodian people through the power of facial/body language, musical composition, and lyrical speech.
Angkor Dance Troupe, Inc.
P.O. Box 1553
Lowell, MA 01853
Rehearsal Studio & Offices:
Lowell National Historical Park
Patrick J. Mogan Cultural Center
40 French St., 3rd Floor
Lowell, MA 01852
Hours will vary. Please contact us to schedule a meeting with staff.