Champey Academy classes on March 23, 2022
In March the dance students worked hard every day to master the “Trot” dance, a traditional dance performed at the Khmer New Year time in April.
Champey students and staff enjoy their monthly lunch party on March 16, 2022
Once each month the Champey Academy students and staff enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by our head dance teacher, Ms. Kanika, and her capable assistants. Kanika’s lunches always mean good food and good fun and provide a welcome break from the daily routine of practice, practice, practice!
Champey classes on March 4, 2022
With the Covid pandemic under control in Cambodia, the Champey students are working hard every day to perfect their artistic skills.
Champey Academy classes – February 7, 2022
Classes at Champey Academy continued to be very full into early February. The drawing and painting classes were especially crowded and the dance stage was, as usual, full every day. In light of continued concerns about the pandemic and the need to maintain social distancing and good ventilation in the class spaces, the confined space […]
Champey Academy lunch party on Jan 20, 2022
Once again on January 20, head dance teacher, Kanika, treated all of the students and staff at Champey Academy to one of her delicious curries.
Champey Academy classes on January 11, 2022
The dance stage is crowded with students nearly every day but, throughout the month of January all three class spaces, and the drawing and painting class especially, were very crowded every day.
The New Year got off to a fast start at Champey Academy
After a three day break to celebrate the year-end holidays, the advent of 2022 brought packed classes back to Champey Academy.
Champey Academy of Arts class attendance continued to grow in December 2021
Student attendance numbers continued to grow in December as the country put the worst months of the pandemic behind. Below are some photos of our classes taken on various dates throughout the month of December. December 3, 2021: December 7, 2021: December 14, 2021: Stay tuned! More photos will be posted to this space […]
Champey Academy students enjoy a special Christmas lunch party – December 2021
Ms. Kanika, our head dance teacher, loves cooking for her students. As a special event for Christmas, she prepared, with the help of just a few of her older students, a delicious lunch of fried chicken for all students and staff of Champey Academy. Teacher Kanika loves cooking for her students. For their special Christmas […]
Champey Academy students and staff work to replace the roof over the audience seating area – November 2021
In November 2021 the Champey Academy dance students and all of our teachers worked together to replace the old, leaking thatched roof over the audience seating area in front of the dance stage in our garden. Thanks to the very generous support of a Canadian friend of Kasumisou Foundation we were able finally to replace […]
Classes filled up as Phnom Penh gradually emerged from Covid isolation – November 2021
As the city of Phnom Penh emerged from Covid isolation requirements, more and more students returned to classes at Champey Academy.
Despite the pandemic, scaled down instruction continues at Champey Academy – September 2021
Despite the world’s continued struggles with the pandemic, classes at Champey Academy have resumed this month, although in a very scaled down form. From the pre-pandemic days when student attendance at Champey Academy averaged 80, 90 or sometimes more than 100 per day, class attendance this month is averaging about 35 students per day as […]
Champey students paint images on tents for leading Phnom Penh hotel – September 2021
This summer Raffles Hotel Le Royal, which is widely regarded as Phnom Penh’s premier five star hotel, commissioned our painting students and their teacher to add images to tents which they were preparing for use in their children’s programs for young guests of the hotel. Above you can see photos of our teacher and one […]
Champey Academy reopens very carefully after our second full month of lockdown – June 14, 2021
In accordance with the government’s lockdown orders, we closed our school for one month – from April 7 until May 6. We then reopened for about one week but, due to the increasing spread of the virus in Phnom Penh, the government again ordered a partial lockdown and we again had to close our school […]
Once again, our Champey Academy of Arts must shut down in the face of spreading virus – May 12, 2021
Having reopened last Thursday, May 6, following a three week government imposed shut down, yesterday we made the decision that again we must close our school in response to the rapid spread of the Covid-19 virus in Phnom Penh. While many of our students were still being kept at home by their parents’ concern about […]
Champey Academy closed under government ordered city-wide lockdown – May 3, 2021
More than two weeks ago the Cambodian government, in response to the growing spread of the Covid virus in Phnom Penh and the surrounding area, ordered a strict lockdown for Phnom Penh and nearby Kandal province. Within the capital city, residents other than those granted specific permission to leave home due to the essential nature […]
Champey Academy classes were packed with students in February 2021
During February our classes – dance, music and drawing/painting were packed almost every day. The drawing class, in particular, was often so crowded with students eager to improve their skill that our team set up a table outside of the door to the drawing classroom in order to provide seats for the overflow of students. […]
To celebrate Christmas our Champey students enjoyed a fried chicken lunch prepared by our head dance teacher, Kanika
Champey students and staff enjoy their lunch party – October 8, 2020
On October 8, head dance teacher, Kanika (pictured below), and some of her senior students once again prepared a delicious lunch for their fellow students and staff.
Champey students – Sept 22, 2020
Practice makes perfect! Champey Academy students work every day to improve their skills.
CAA students – August 26, 2020
Lunch party? Yeah!! Champey students enjoyed their monthly lunch party on August 26. Head dance teacher, Kanika, and some of her senior students prepared a delicious beef and vegetable hot pot for their fellow students and staff members.
CAA students – August 12, 2020
Champey Academy students working hard every day to improve their skills.
CAA students – July 24, 2020
Did someone say something funny? Champey Academy is a place for hard work, learning and joy for Phnom Penh’s young people.
CAA classes – July 10, 2020
After being closed for several weeks due to the Covid-19 shutdown, Champey Academy students are once again hard at work perfecting their skills. Our assistant painting teacher, Sopheak, is still working on his very large painting of Hanuman, the monkey king, wooing Sovanamacha, the mermaid girl. Will Sopheak ever complete his masterpiece. Check back […]
CAA Classes – June 25, 2020
Champey Academy students working hard to perfect their skills on May 6, 2020.
Mey Mey’s Story
Watch this brief video for an insight into the life of one of our typical students at Champey Academy of Arts.
CAA Classes – May 29, 2020
“Practice makes perfect.” Champey Academy students work to perfect their skills on May 29, 2020.
CAA Classes – May 6, 2020
Practice, practice, practice! Champey Academy students working hard to perfect their skills on May 6, 2020.
Champey Academy Lunch Party May 1, 2020
Champey Academy students enjoy their monthly lunch party prepared by our multi-talented dance teacher, Kanika, and her students.
Khmer New Year Monk’s Blessing Ceremony – April 9, 2020
Every year on the occasion of the Khmer New Year, Cambodia’s most important annual holiday, we invite Buddhist monks to visit our school and perform a blessing ceremony. Students, staff and even some of our neighbors are invited to join this very important event at Champey Academy but, unfortunately, this year the country was on […]
Support for Champey Students’ Families During Covid-19 Lockdown – April 2020
The single mothers of Champey students Mey Mey and Pharith support their families by selling bird seed to tourists in front of the Royal Palace. During the government ordered Covid-19 lockdown, both women lost their only source of income so Champey Academy had to step in to help them. The students and their families visited […]
Champey Academy March 24, 2020
Champey Academy students indulge in creative projects in March 2020.
Champey Academy Lunch Party February 25, 2020
Once each month our students and staff enjoy a lunch party sponsored by generous friends of Kasumisou Foundation. February’s lunch featured a delicious curry containing both pork and chicken. It was prepared by our head dance teacher, Ms. Kanika and several of her students. Kanika’s curry accompanied by lots of sliced baguette bread seems to […]
Champey Students Celebrate The New Year
Champey students and staff welcomed in 2019 with a traditional Buddhist blessing ceremony followed by games and lunch.
Champey Students Enjoy Monthly Lunch Parties Prepared by Our Mulit-talented Dance Teacher
Once per month when we can afford it, we have a lunch party for all students and staff at Champey Academy. The food, usually a curry dish, is prepared by our very talented female dance teacher, Ms. Kanika and some of her older students. This year we were very grateful to have the support of […]
Champey Students’ New Year’s Eve at Bokor Mountain
New Year’s Eve is celebrated in many ways around the world, and for 26 of the Champey Academy dance students…
Dance and Music Students Perform Weekly at Raffles Hotel Le Royal
During the 2018/2019 tourism season, (November through April) the Champey dance and music students and staff were invited to perform every Thursday evening for the guests of Phnom Penh’s prestigious Raffles Hotel Le Royal.
Champey Academy of Arts Students Continue to Thrive in the Month of July
Included below are a few recent photos of students participating in their dance, art, and music classes at the Champey…
Champey Dance Students Perform for Guests from the Women’s International Group of Phnom Penh October 2017
In October, the Champey Dance Academy students performed four dances – the Monkey Dance, the Coconut Dance, the Crab Dance…
Cambodia’s Annual School Holiday Period Means Crowded Classes at Champey Academy of Arts
August and September are the annual school holiday months in Cambodia and every year during that period our class ranks…
Elephant Ink Drawings for The Raffles Hotel Le Royall
The Raffles Hotel Le Royall, one of the premier hotels in Phnom Penh, has commissioned our students to produce a…
Champey Academy of Arts has partnered with the Raffles Hotel Le Royal in Phnom Penh to display and explain our…
Update From Champey Academy of Arts
July is exam month in the public (government) schools in Cambodia so, in recent weeks, many of the kids have…
Lesson III in Traditional Cambodian Dance
Watch this video to see some of the hand gestures which classical dancers use to convey various concepts from nature…
This summer Champey Academy has been invited to stage a series of exhibitions of student art work at the prestigious…
Moringa Project Update #2
Rural Assistance Program update – May 2017
– Our pilot program to promote cultivation of moringa has started in Baphnom and Preah…
Green Champions Update
This is the original stretch of road where we started our Green Champions program in 2011. It measures 700 meters
We are very excited to be starting a new project helping farmers in Cambodia cultivate moringa for a moringa
Art Classroom Remodel
This project started in early November simply with a decision to repaint the dingy white walls of our art classroom