Huy Chankong, 25, is a third year student of DES. Cytology and histopathology at the University of Health Sciences, and also a traditional dancer.
Since Grade 8, Ms Chankong has loved dancing; every time she dances, she said, it brings joy to herself and makes others happy.
“I started to learn dancing when I was in Grade 8 in Siem Reap province, because I love traditional dance and culture, so any time I could dance it made me happy,” Ms Chankong said.
Ms Chankong knows about 30 traditional dances, but recently she has been busy with her studies, so she has been limited to a few volunteer performances of late.
She said learning to dance has taught her about teamwork. She added that if dancers in a troupe do not understand each other, they cannot dance in a united way.
Anytime she dances she feels she is doing her part, however small, to conserve traditional Khmer dance. In the future she said she wants to be a doctor. As a doctor her first goal is to be able to help patients, then family and then herself.