Charya Burt Cambodian Dance Company

Cambodian classical dance

Charya Burt Cambodian Dance Company was established in 1993 after master dancer Charya Burt immigrated to Northern California from her native country of Cambodia.  As a traditional artist and a former dance faculty member at the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh, Charya is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Cambodian dance through formal instruction, workshops, public performances, and the creation of new works.

Living Cultures Grant Program


In 2021, a grant from ACTA’s Living Cultures Grant Program will support the development of a digital Cambodian dance legacy library, consisting of dances from the classical repertory, new works Charya Burt has created, and instructional videos on classical dance and costuming. As this will be a resource for both Charya Burt Cambodian Dance and Cambodian dance communities throughout California, they will also create specific age and ability curriculums with support videos and will provide limited online workshops and consultations.


In 2007, the company received a grant from ACTA’s Living Cultures Grants Program to support the premiere of a new work,  Princesses and Peacocks: An Exploration of Cambodian Classical and Folk Dance.  The production was in collaboration with the Khmer Arts Academy of Long Beach.

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