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Armenian Folk Dances: A Workshop with Hasmik Harutyunyan

  • Santa Rosa, CA / Monroe Hall 1400 West College Avenue Santa Rosa, CA, 95401 United States (map)

Razzmatazz International Folk Dance Club, in cooperation with the Kitka Institute, present a very special workshop of historical Armenian folk dances.

Hasmik Harutyunyan of Yerevan, Armenia is an internationally renowned performer and teacher of traditional Armenian songs and dances. As a soloist she has appeared most notably with the Shoghaken Folk Ensemble and Agunk Ensemble of Armenian National Radio. While with the Agunk Folk Song and Dance Ensemble in Armenia from 1983 to 1994 she learned and performed folk dances from many regions of historic Armenia. These dances are all danced in their original, purest form, as they were danced throughout the ages. Hasmik teaches traditional dances researched from villagers and family members of Armenia. She is artistic director and founder of the Hayrig Mouradian Children's Traditional Song and Dance Ensemble in Armenia. In 2010, Hasmik received the Meritorious Artist of Armenia award during ceremonies at the Armenian president's residence in Yerevan.

Hasmik has conducted Armenian folk dance workshops throughout Armenia, the USA, and Europe, including for the Emanat Institute in Slovenia, the Giving Voice Festival in Poland, and the Rudolstadt Folk Festival in Germany, as well as at UC Berkeley, Fresno State University, and the Kitka Ensemble. Hasmik not only has extensive knowledge of Armenian folk dances but, as an amazing vocalist in traditional Armenian song, she can sing beautifully while leading us in dance. For more of her background visit http://www.road-to-armenia.com/hasmik/hasmik.html

Please join us for an evening of traditional Armenian dance as taught by the award-winning Hasmik Harutyunyan.

$10 Tuition, at the door

This project is supported, in part by WESTAF Tour West, Armenians of the North Bay.