Angkor/America

Traditional Cambodian dance comes from the royal court, and its refined style, with bodies swathed in yards of golden cloth and hands bent back just so, fits right in with that rarefied environment. It's an aesthetic that lives far away from contemporary U.S. hip-hop culture, but teenagers from local immigrant families are negotiating that seemingly impassable border and dancing with a foot in each world. Choreographer Navy Seath, along with advisors Sambath Suong and Chan Moly Sam, is in charge of bringing the world of the apsaras (gods) to the club and the street. SANDRA KURTZ

 
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