On Sunday, October 29th, 2017 CAGE hosted it's first Khmer Dance Master Class taught by Lanica. The three hour all-levels intensive provided participants with the opportunity to dive head first into Khmer dance. Each Master class in October, November, and December starts with CAGE's stretching ritual. Each participant is welcomed to join the class on the floor and to go through the traditional Khmer stretches. Stretches, movements, and motions were explained in detail. Purpose and technique were major parts of the learning process in each Master Class.
During the Master Classes, participants were able to learn the beginning stanza of an "advanced" dance called Tep Menorom. This dance is Lanica's favorite dance, and the classes focused on the differences between the male and female role. Conversations about gender roles and stereotypes were sparked when noting the differences in purpose and technique of the male and female roles.
See below for photos from the Master Classes or attend one in the near future! Classes resume February 2018. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram for more information!