Chamroen Nivorleak, 17, studies classical dance at the Secondary School of Fine Arts Beung Sroyab in Phnom Penh. Passionate about traditional Khmer performing arts, Ms Nivorleak started studying dance when she was 9.
“I want to protect and conserve our Khmer traditional dance for the younger generation. It could easily die out if we are not careful,” Ms Nivorleak said.
Nowadays, young people in Cambodia are not very interested in watching traditional dance performances, and some even think that Khmer traditional dance comes from another country, she said.
“I want people in Cambodia to know that traditional Khmer dance is not copied from other country. It is an original art form and has been around for centuries.”
Ms Nivorleak had an opportunity to visit China last year to perform with a group from the university. And all the members of the group learn all of the roles for a performance, and rotate roles periodically.