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A Rite of Passage for Kandyan Dancers

by WSJ Live 1:47 mins

A Rite of Passage for Kandyan Dancers

by WSJ Live 1:47 mins

The National Women’s Dance Troupe of Sri Lanka is practicing for their performance of an extremely rare Pahim Path Mangalya dance in New York on Aug. 9 -- believed to be the first of its kind in the United States. The young women have spent over a decade learning the intricate steps, regularly practicing for up to 6 hours a day. But perfecting the moves is not all that's required. After visits to a Buddhist temple and Catholic church they dedicated themselves to the performance. They also became vegetarians and will remain so until the day of the recital. The sacrifices are worth it, as the performance stands to be an opportunity of a lifetime for its value to their community. Photo: Natalie Keyssar for The Wall Street Journal

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