Apsara Dance Appreciation

Dance Workshop with a Local Classical Dancer

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$25.00 per guest

Highlights

  • Learn the history of Cambodia's famous Apsara dance through this appreciation dance workshop!
  • Learn the story behind the Apsaras and get a chance to wear their traditional costume
  • Enjoy a dance class like no other, energy and liveliness is replaced with graceful movements and elegant forms
  • Your host, a professional Apsara dance instructor will guide you along this workshop at her home-studio

Inclusive of:

  • English speaking instructor
  • 1.5 hours of dance workshop
  • Traditional Apsara dance outfit (partial)

Not Inclusive of:

  • Pick-up and drop-off service within Siem Reap (can be included at additional cost)
  • Other personal expenses
4.8 Out of 5
23 Reviews
Daniel Clutton China
5
6 Jul, 2019

We had a great experience with Sophia! She welcomed us to her home for the lesson and it really was a unique experience....

Yi Wei Lim Malaysia
5
12 Jun, 2019

It was great! Sophea was very good and patient in explaining the culture and movements of apsara dance. I wish I could'v...

$US 25.00 per guest
1.5 hours
1 - 6 guest
Cancellation Policy: Moderate

Full refund available for cancellations made up to 24 hours prior to booking start time.

More About This Experience

Apsara dance is one of the highest art forms in Cambodia is classified by UNESCO as one of the great intangible cultural assets of the world. The art was almost wiped out during the Khmer Rouge regime as the leaders sought to destroy all forms of art and culture, with the goal of 'purifying' the population and returning them to the purist state as subsistence farmers. Luckily a small band of dancers defied death and managed to survive the regime, and they rekindled the art soon after the collapse of the regime. Painstakingly preserved through the ages and culturally celebrated on Angkor temples, this is one experience anyone interested in dance should participate in. Not only will you gain new found appreciation for this high form of art, but you will also be able to enjoy the company of a local master in a beautiful home-studio setting.

Additional Information:

  • Pick-up location: Exact pick-up location address along with map direction will be sent to your email instantly after booking
  • Be at the pick up location at the tour start time
  • You also have the option to be picked up. Simply select this option from the add-on section
  • Comfortable clothing is recommended
  • Recommended to bring: Water, small towel and change of clothes
  • This is a kid friendly activity
  • No previous dance experience needed

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Your Local Host

Sophea and Channou

TlaiTno, meaning Dignity in Khmer is a school for disadvantaged children that provides a solid platform to step into the world through the grace and elegance of Apsara Dancing. As students of Apsara dancers, the st...

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23 reviews from people who took this experience

Daniel Clutton China
5
6 Jul, 2019

We had a great experience with Sophia! She welcomed us to her home for the lesson and it really was a unique experience. She is not just a expert of apsara, she is also a sage of life and the buddha. The way she explained the background of the apsara dance and buddhist culture made the class absolutely fascinating. She was also a very patient and kind teacher, taking us through the basic moves of the dance in an easy to follow and systematic fashion. The pace felt just right and she explained all the meanings behind the movements, even though it was a little hard for me to remember everything during my first go! Her English is good so it was easy to follow her. I'm so glad we found Sophia! She is so passionate about apsara and I would recommend her class to anyone interested in Cambodian culture. Thank you Sophia!!!

Yi Wei Lim Malaysia
5
12 Jun, 2019

It was great! Sophea was very good and patient in explaining the culture and movements of apsara dance. I wish I could've stayed for more classes...

Zheng Li
5
3 Feb, 2019

This is a great experience that I have in my days in Siem Reap.

Eugene Ong
5
27 Dec, 2018

We learnt the basic technique, posture and the meaning of hand gesture which helps us appreciate Aspara dance better. Wearing the traditional costume helped us get into the khmer mood!

Michelle Jones United States
5
17 Sep, 2018

I wish I could rate the dance class 5000 stars. I took the dance class on a whim. I have seen several performances and now I finally understand the cultural significance. The teacher was great, kind patient and obviously a skilled dancer who has rained in this craft since childhood. I don't dance at all, but she was able to explain everything so I can understand. The site has a great variety of classes taught by local artisans. It's always nice to understand a culture by understanding the arts. A much better way to spend the afternoon than shopping or relaxing in the pool.

US$ 25.00 per guest
23 Reviews