Romvong (Khmer: រាំវង់, also romanized as Rom vong or Roam vong) or Lamvong (Lao: ລຳວົງ - lám wóŋ) is a popular folk-dance in Cambodia and Laos, and more marginally in Thailand. It is a slow circle dance continuously moving in a circle, and incorporates graceful hand movements and simple footwork. Both men and women participate in the same circle. This dance is still popular at traditional festivities in both Khmer and Lao culture.
Ramvong dance has been performed in Cambodia for as long as anyone can remember. Both Khmers and other ethnic groups like Phnong, Krung, Tampuan and Prou people have performed this circular dance style since ancient times.
The basic pattern involves two couples folding their palms, with their fingers at right angles to their wrists, and bringing the hands up from behind the body to in front of the face, straightening and bending the fingers in time to the music throughout. The hands move in opposition directions - one to the left and one to the right.
The legs must move in time of the rhythm, and in the opposite direction of the partner. Dancers continue around in a circle, keeping in time with the beat of the drum. There is often a decorated pole or a vase of flowers used to mark the center of the circle.