The Angkor Dance Troupe is excited to celebrate a huge anniversary on April 7, 2017 at Sompao Meas Hall. Travelling thousands of miles and spanning 30 years, the Angkor Dance Troupe (ADT) has become a rich tapestry of Lowell’s past, present and future.  ADT was formed by a small group of Cambodian refugees seeking to keep their culture alive.  From this humble beginning to reaching the highest honor of performing at the White House, ADT has grown and expanded. Though its members have traveled far and wide, the Troupe has stayed rooted in Lowell, its birthplace, ADT remains committed to fulfilling its mission through the participation of over 4,000 youth who have called the troupe their second family.

Karen McManimon, Vice President of ADT’s Board of Directors, shared her thoughts, “As Vice President of the Angkor Dance Troupe Board, I have had the opportunity to see what one man’s dedication and determination has done to keep the splendor and magnificence of Cambodian culture alive and flourishing.  Watching these beautiful dancers share their heritage with a new generation has been a joy to behold.  My sincere congratulations to the Angkor Dance Troupe on its 30th Anniversary celebration!”

Linda Sopheap Sou, ADT Alum and former Executive Director, reminisced, “As a young kid I watched as dancers rushed around me to prepare for a performance, all the commotion would come to a halt once the dancers were on stage. For years I dreamed about getting on stage and at the age of 5 I performed for the first time. For over three decades I saw hundreds of dancers grow appreciation for their culture and pride of their community. I am so incredibly proud and humbled my the communities ongoing support of our amazing organization. I believe that with your continued support the same opportunities which I was privileged to benefit from will be offered to the many generations to come.”

Now, 30 years later, ADT hopes to establish an endowment with proceeds from the Anniversary Celebration being held on April 7, 2017 at the Sompao Meas Hall, creating a foundation for thousands more youth to be served within the City. The ADT youth of the past have become today’s leaders, and they carry with them the legacy of the magnificent Cambodian culture of performing arts. This new endowment will ensure that legacy continues into the future.

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