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Cambodian Dancer’s Adventure in American Ballet Available on DVD

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Dancing Across Borders, the story of a Cambodian dancer’s development as an artist in the world of American ballet, will be available on DVD and Blu-Ray in December.

Sokvannara Sar and Philip Glass both perform at the Vail International Dance Festival. (Photo by Erin Baiano)

The film, released by First Run Features, tells the story of Sokvannara “Sy” Sar, who was dancing with a small troupe in Angkor Wat when Anne Bass, a longtime patron of dance in America, saw him perform. Bass was so taken with Sy’s talent and potential that she arranged for him to come to New York and audition for the School of American Ballet. The movie follows Sy as he negotiates high-powered rehearsal studios in New York, adjusts to both American ballet and culture, and finally performs with Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle.

Dancing Across Borders is a story about growth, adaptation, and belonging, as well as a window into the development of talent at the highest level and the mastery of an art form.

Beginning December 7, the DVD will be available for $27.95 and on Blu-ray for $34.95 at major retailers. More information can be found at www.firstrunfeatures.com.

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