Charya Burt is a master teacher, dancer, and choreographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
A graduate and former dance faculty member of the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh, Charya’s training began in 1982 under the direction of the foremost dance masters of Cambodia. As a member of Cambodia’s royal dance troupe, Charya toured nationally and internationally. After immigrating to Northern California in 1993, Charya has been performing throughout the United States, including the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, the Jacob’s Pillow Festival at U.C.L.A., and 14 times as a featured performer at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. Charya has also conducted dance workshops at several colleges and universities around the country including the California State University Summer Arts Program at California State University, Long Beach. She received a B. A., Cum Laude, in Liberal Studies from Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California.
Charya has been awarded numerous grants including three from the Irvine Dance in California Program, three from the CCI Investing in the Artist, the Choreographer in Mentorship Exchange, and twice from the Creative Work Fund. Her original dance pieces include Forever My Ancestors (2006), Blue Roses (2007), Of Spirits Intertwined (2009), Intersections Through Time (2010), Caressing Nostalgia (2011), and Blossoming Antiquities: Rodin’s Encounter with the Celestial Dancers of Cambodia Phase One, (2013). With Larry Reed, Charya developed The Rebirth of Aspara, an experimental dance/shadow theatre work, (2013). Through the CounterPULSE Artist Residency Commissioning Program in San Francisco, Charya created Silenced honoring the life of Cambodian pop icon Ros Sereysothea. Charya’s newest work, Heavenly Garden, premiered at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival in 2016. A recipient of the Isadora Duncan Award for Outstanding Achievement in Individual Performance, Charya’s mission is to continue to preserve her art form and to create new works rooted in tradition that forge innovation. Charya is currently artist consultant for the Cultural Dance Group in San Jose and artistic director of Charya Burt Cambodian Dance. www.charyaburt.com