You may have seen Warin Tepayayone performing with us as Manohra, a mythical being, half bird and half human, or maybe in a Nang (princess) role, but did you know that Warin holds a bachelor's degree in...
The Somapa Thai Dance Company, based in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area, has been actively giving performances, presentations, and workshops for almost 15 years. Key performers have over 30 years of performance experience, having been trained in Thailand with the most celebrated dance masters including National Artists and others from the prestigious Department of Fine Arts in Bangkok, Thailand.
The group has performed extensively in the D.C. Metropolitan area and has been invited to perform in such locations as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' Millennium Stage, the Smithsonian Arthur M. Sackler and Freer Gallery of Art, the National Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. Under sponsorship of the Royal Thai Embassy in Mexico City, the group performed several times during 2009-2010 in Mexico including performances at Teatro de la Danza in Mexico City, Teatro Juárez in Guanajuato, and Teatro Angela Peralta in San Miguel de Allende.
The Somapa Thai Dance Company's mission is to preserve and promote Thai culture and arts in the Americas. Through performances and workshops, the Company hopes to encourage understanding and appreciation of the arts between people of different countries, cultures and ethnicities in the communities in which we are invited.