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From Battambang to Canada: Circus Performers Make It Big

With talent and determination, it was a dream come true for Dina Sok and Sopha Nem. After being discovered in Battambang province, they received scholarships to study at the world’s most prestigious circus school, the National Circus School of Montreal in Canada. After years of demanding training and study, they each got performing arts jobs in Canada following graduation.

While poverty remains a barrier to many Cambodians in the countryside to get good education, two young Cambodian artists, Dina Sok and Sopha Nem, won scholarships to study at National Circus School of Montreal, the most prestigious circus school in the world. After five years of training and practice, Dina Sok recently became the first Cambodian to be selected as a regular with the esteemed Cirque du Soleil and Sopha Nem is heading back to Canada from Cambodia to work later in February.

Growing up in a family of six siblings in O-char commune, Battambang, the northwestern province of Cambodia, Dina Sok’s family depended on his father’s income from working as a moto-taxi driver.

Dina Sok has become the first Cambodian to work at the world’s biggest circus company, Cirque du Soleil. He told VOA Khmer recently by phone that he still could not believe he is working in the company he has always dreamed about joining.

Link to Full Article on Voa Cambodia.