MPW.72 / 2020 Make Your World Shine by Cindy Liu
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Cindy Liu
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Story Summary

Lee Zing, 24, has loved dance since he was a child but never expected to become a professional dancer.

Three years ago, after moving to Phnom Penh from nearby Kandal province, Zing started practicing with a large group of dance enthusiasts who gathered every evening in the city’s Wat Botum Park. Eventually, Zing and some friends formed the dance team “The Bling,” and today, Zing lives out their slogan “Make Your World Shine.”

As the leader and oldest member of the group, Zing provides support and helps the younger members find opportunities to develop their dancing. “They are like my siblings,” he said.

The group competes in local K-pop competitions, performs at various charity and commercial events and has developed a sizable following on social media. Their nightly impromptu performances often draw large crowds.

Up until a few months ago, Zing danced professionally for various Cambodian singers including Sok Pisey, one of his biggest idols as a kid. After the COVID-19 pandemic led to the cancellation of almost all events and performances, Zing started working at a 24-hour coffee shop to support himself. He chose to work the night shift so he could continue to build the community he has found through dance.