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Reaksmey Lath

Khmer dance master and Neak Kru (teacher) Reaksmey “Mea” Lath was born to Cambodian genocide survivors in a Thai refugee camp. She grew up in Long Beach, where she studied Cambodian classical dance from the age of 12 working with master teachers and mentors Sophiline Shapiro, Charya Burt, and Prumsodun Ok. Her dance company, Modern Apsara Company, preserves the tradition of Cambodian dance in Southern California. Mea participated in ACTA’s Apprenticeship Program in 2011, studying under mentor artist Charya Burt.

Living Cultures Grant


Preserving Cambodian classical dance in SoCal

Funding will support Reaksmey Lath’s first Cambodian classical dance workshops for high school and college youths in Long Beach.

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