London Armenian Dance Group Holds Christmas Fair (Photos)

LONDON (A.W.)–On Sun., Dec. 8, Armenians in West London gathered at the Akhtamar dance studio for a Christmas Fair that showcased the talents of the troupe and raised funds for its future programs.

Photo by Raffi Youredjian
Photo by Raffi Youredjian

 

Photo by Raffi Youredjian
Photo by Raffi Youredjian

 

Photo by Raffi Youredjian
Photo by Raffi Youredjian

 

Photo by Raffi Youredjian
Photo by Raffi Youredjian

 

Photo by Raffi Youredjian
Photo by Raffi Youredjian

 

Photo by Raffi Youredjian
Photo by Raffi Youredjian

 

Photo by Raffi Youredjian
Photo by Raffi Youredjian

Akhtamar is the only Armenian dance group in London and was recently re-launched in April by one of its former dancers, Maral Baghdjian. Open to all age groups, it is now comprised of 30 dancers who practice for 2 hours every Sunday.

With more than 100 people in attendance, the dancers took centre stage and performed various dances before asking the audience to join in. Leading the group were passionate teachers Arsen and Garine Zakarian, formerly dancers with Yerevan’s leading dance troupe Pari Petakan.

The dance workshop, cake sale, and raffle made for an enjoyable evening celebrating Armenian culture and doing what Armenians enjoy most: Dancing and stuffing ourselves with pastries.

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Raffi Youredjian

Raffi Youredjian is a photographer and avid traveler who has visited every continent. He is currently writing a book, Tour de Armenia, about his comical cycling adventures throughout Armenia in search for a wife. Youredjian lives in London with his beloved bicycle Sayat Nova and is an active member of the Armenian community there.
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2 Comments

  1. Aprees Raffi Jan:
    Great, short and sweet article. A photo is worth a thousand words. Thank you for publicizing this group. I am so happy to see our youth and communities interested in “living” the happy aspect of our culture: Dance

  2. This brings joy to my heart , make armenian culture cosmopolitan, let the world know about our creativity , in London , I say bravo.

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