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Monkey Dance Project  |  Lowell  |  2003 

Angkor Dance Troupe is nationally recognized as one of the most accomplished U.S.-based Cambodian dance ensembles. This workshop series recruited teenage boys considered at-risk of participating in neighborhood violence, gang involvement and other high-risk behavior. The project provided in-depth, high-quality dance classes with master dancer Thavarak Soeur, considered one of the world's leading teachers of the traditional and highly revered "Monkey Dance." In 1998, Angkor broke new ground artistically with the introduction of hip hop and break dance elements into Monkey Dance tradition. The resulting cultural fusion provided a metaphor for the melding of traditional and contemporary youth culture and has been wildly popular with audiences.

Angkor Dance Troupe's Monkey Dance. Photo by Andrew Page.

Funded by the Lowell Cultural Council in 2003
Grant Recipient: Angkor Dance Troupe, Inc., $3,000

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