It all started back when my close friend Seena asked if I could take my dancing background and join the SOCCA dance troupe. I learned both traditional and folk dances that were unlike anything I had ever seen or done before. During my first year we practiced at a Buddhist temple, where I was immersed in a different culture that had kind people chatting away in Khmer and delicious, home-cooked meals with spiciness that more often than not kicked my butt. I’ve been a member of the Spirit of Cambodia Cultural Alliance for a few years now, and it has been nothing less than exciting to witness all the different organizations we’ve teamed up with.
Next month we will be performing at the second annual To Cambodia With Love fundraiser on Saturday, September 20th from 5 – 9 PM at the Fort Collins Masonic Temple. If you don’t know what Sustainable Schools International is, check out their below IndieGoGo page to learn more! They’re the ones hosting this fundraiser and they even have tickets for the event available if you donate for one of the perks!
The greatest thing I’ve taken away from SOCCA is that when you show you care and participate in life-changing projects and events, that a universal acceptance and bond is created between you and other people. It doesn’t matter what language you speak, which ethnicity you are, or if you’re the quietest person you know: helping your community, locally and internationally, helps you grow as a person, learn new things, and find your voice even if you thought you already had. Nothing can compare to the uplifting emotion you feel in your heart when something you’ve personally invested time into positively affects and improves another’s life.