She is now the only mistress of the Royal Ballet who is still struggling to pass on her honed skills to the younger generation.
“Learning classical dance is a way to preserve the culture, my aunt once told me. As a small kid, I just followed innocently. I learned dancing tirelessly. Little did I know that it is slowly changing my life,” said Oeun Sokunthea, a recent Choreographic Arts graduate of the Royal University of Fine Arts.
French dancer and anthropologist Lucie Labbe may not have Khmer blood in her veins, but her heart beats for the Kingdom.
At the age of 13, Vor Savorn stumbled by chance on a group of young dancers during a training session.
Chamroen Nivorleak studies classical dance at the Secondary School of Fine Arts Beung Sroyab. Ms Nivorleak started studying dance when she was 9.