Looking for a way to shake up your summer?
Laura Joy Kiddle, founder of the Phnom Penh-based dance school, Dance World Cambodia, is offering a week of dance classes for adult learners in Siem Reap!
Laura founded Dance World Cambodia (DWC) after visiting Phnom Penh in 2009. “At this stage I had performed a lot in Australia and wanted to move somewhere with a new set of challenges. Actually, from age 10 I always wanted my own dance school in an exotic location somewhere, and here I am!”
When Laura first stopped by Phnom Penh there weren’t any Western dance styles present. “I really felt that I could make a difference and hopefully inspire, the way that I was inspired when I discovered dance,” she explained.
Laura has been dancing since a young age and decided dance was what she wanted to do with her life very early on. Her dream continued to grow as she placed high in competitions and was accepted into full time performing arts training at DW301 (Dance World Studios).
“My first dance teacher, Ms. Jenina Evans, had the biggest impact on my life. I trained with her 5 days a week for 10 years. Ms. Evans’ passion and love for dance and her students absolutely impacted my life in the biggest way, I wanted to be just like her. She was (and still is) one of my idols.”
You can definitely see that inspiration behind Laura’s work here in Cambodia.
“For me, there was nothing better than growing up a dancer. The confidence performing gives to a child is priceless.”
DWC was founded to transform children (starting at three years old) and adults into well-rounded dancers by provided courses in a variety of dance styles. The school also makes sure dance is available to everyone by offering up to ten full scholarships every term.
Laura and DWC are truly doing something different in Cambodia.
“We are the only school in the country to teach proper RAD syllabus ballet with internal examinations, while also branching our students into modern dance, contemporary, tap dance, jazz, and hip hop. We also proved two options for performance each year.”
Even with so many dance options, Laura has her favorites. She enjoys the way classical ballet’s disciplined training allows her to relax, but prefers the movement and expressive freedom found in contemporary dance.
Curious about which type of dance will speak to you?
Starting July 13 through July 16 Laura will be teaching a variety of different lessons so you’re sure to find a favorite!
Classes are $12 per night or $40 for the whole week and run from 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the 1961.
For more information about each night’s classes, visit the event page.
All photos provided by Dance World Cambodia.