It started with one woman with a passion for heritage preservation

Kinnaly was formed in 2002 from the passion and dedication of one woman, Pom Outama Khampradith (1971-2014). "Upon founding the Kinnaly Dance Troupe, she spent over a decade teaching and inspiring Lao American youth Lao traditional dance, music and culture, creating innovative approaches to making the arts accessible to the community" (AA Press). She was passionate about Lao culture and arts and wanted to share the beauty of Laos with the rest of the world. "Her enthusiasm for the arts constantly inspired artists in many disciplines. She made clear connections between lifelong success and the arts as part of the Lao American renaissance" (Little Laos On The Prairie).

Pom was also a huge advocate for education and believed that culture and community have a huge impact on shaping youth into contributing members of society. "To her credit, many of her students remain active in the arts and the community" (Little Laos on The Prairie). Her values and beliefs of cultural preservation, youth advocacy, and community outreach remain the core of the Kinnaly program and have proven successful for over a decade. Her lasting legacy will continue to inspire generations of Kinnalies to come.


National/International Performances

  • 2003 History Symposium on Laos, University of California-Berkeley

  • 2007 International Conference on Lao Studies, Arizona State University

  • 2010 International Lao Artist Festival, Elgin, Illinois

  • 2010, 2011, 2012 International Lao New Year Festival, San Francisco, California

  • 2010, 2016, 2017 Lao American Writers Summit (Minnesota, San Diego, Seattle)

  • 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 Cultural Exchange, Lao National School of Music & Dance

  • 2017, 2018 Lao Embassy Lao New Year Celebration, Washington DC

  • 2016, 2017, 2018 New Year In The Park, Portland, Oregon

Local Performances

  • ACRS Walk For Rice

  • API Heritage Month Celebration

  • Franklin High School Multicultural Night

  • Kent International Festival

  • Lao Community Service Center Miss Lao Washington Pageant

  • Pom Foundation Benefit Dinner

  • Pom Foundation FORTE Lao Summer Camp Showcase

  • Wat Mixayaram Lao New Year Festival

  • Wat Pa Lao New Year Festival

“culture and community have a huge impact on shaping youth into contributing members of society”