Anne Bass has a long history of involvement in the arts and Cambodia. She has served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committees of the Fort Worth Ballet where she founded the company’s ballet school, New York City Ballet, the School of American Ballet, and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. She is also on the board of the American Friends of the Paris Opera Ballet.
In Cambodia, Bass is Vice President of the Board of the Center for Khmer Studies—the only Southeast Asian member of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers. In 2006, working with the Center and with The Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the New York Public Library, Bass initiated the Khmer Dance Project which will:
Identify existing documents relating to Khmer dance
Film and document the dance of the Khmer people as it is practiced and remembered by Khmer dancers today
Preserve the Khmer dance heritage for future generations of Khmer people and for the world, bringing the Khmer dance heritage to the attention of a global audience
Bass is a graduate of Vassar College and is a former contributing editor of Vogue and House and Garden. In addition, she was a member of President Reagan’s Task Force on the Arts. Dancing Across Borders is her first film.