July is exam month in the public (government) schools in Cambodia so, in recent weeks, many of the kids have been busily preparing for their exams. August and September, however, are the annual school holiday months and every year our student ranks at Champey Academy swell during those two months. Currently about 60 students attend daily classes at Champey but, during the coming school holiday period we expect that number to grow to somewhere between 80 and 100 students per day.
We now employ one full time female dance teacher and one full time male dance teacher plus a half time male dance teacher. The two male dance teachers have recently been busy with the new crop of aspiring dancers (photos below) who have been working to master the basics of the ‘monkey’ roles which are an integral component of Cambodian classical dance.
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