CAGE was founded in 2015 by a group of trained Classical Cambodian Dancers from Philadelphia.
CAGE's mission is to create a safe space where
Cambodian American women feel safe and free to
explore and/or learn more about their shared identities,
culture, heritage, and history. We seek to foster a group
of individuals who use art as activism to empower
each other, ourselves, and our shared communities.
We are a group of second generation Cambodian American feminists seeking to dismantle systems of
oppression while also practicing restorative resolutions.
We do not tolerate any form discrimination, harassment,
racism, sexism, ableism, etc.
What we're doing:
Currently, CAGE is offering performances for private and public events. We offer this service as a way of preserving and sharing our art and culture.
Following our mission, CAGE seeks to provide affordable dance and culture classes to Philadelphia by Fall of 2016. These classes will include basic Classical Cambodian Court Dance technique and choreography. Our goal is to continue shared learning and teaching with other Cambodian Americans, while also being able to build bridges between our generation and the generations before us. We seek to provide affordable dance classes that are accessible, body positive, and culturally sensitive.
We also seek to host workshops that will facilitate not just dance lessons, but also conversations on the Cambodian American experience.
About our logo:
Our logo was created by Cynthia Son, a member of CAGE. Her art is featured in a lot of CAGE's branding and publications. The concept of our logo is to celebrate CAGE:
Lanica Angpak is a second generation Cambodian American. Her family survived the Khmer Rouge and was resettled in Philadelphia in the 1980's. Lanica was born in Philadelphia and raised both in the city and an outlaying suburb. She has danced since the age of 2 years old, but formally began her training when she was 7 years old. 17 years later, Lanica is a teaching artist with a passion for bringing together arts and culture with social justice and youth leadership. In 2015, Lanica was award the Leeway Foundation's Transformation Award for her work in the community and arts. She is a graduate of Temple University and the Community College of Philadelphia, is currently a fellow, and seeks to continue working on her passions. With the Transformation Award, Lanica will dedicate her time to building on CAGE's mission.