Starting later tonight in Gravesend, a ten-date tour of the UK will be undertaken by a dance troupe from the Cambodian Christian Arts Ministry (CCAM) School from Phnom Penh, who will then move onto France for another series of performances. The dancers will mix Khmer classical and folk dance backed by Khmer music with some modern dance, singing and a presentation about the school into a varied programme with some of their own instruments and dressed in traditional dress. The troupe is made up of twelve children, three adult Cambodians and the Ministry's Director. The CCAM School is a Christian Ministry whose mission is to train Cambodians for Christ through the arts and their tour of the UK and France has been organised with the support of SAO Cambodia, a UK based, evangelical, inter-denominational mission and development agency that promotes the Christian faith and helps to relieve poverty and distress in Cambodia. You can find out more about the tour, and the tour dates, at the SAO website. There's also a website for CCAM. I hope to get along to one of the performances later this month. In the photo above, one of the CCAM dancers performs the Blessing Dance.