dancetour to Armenia
- Tineke van Geel <vangeel@...> is organizing Dance and tourism: a dance
tour to Armenia: Some of the details are below or check the website
I will conduct a dance tour to Armenia from May 1st-May 12th in 2005.
Classes in Armenian folk dances (average 3 hours a day) and visits to sites
that represent a long and cultured history will be combined in this dance
We will stay in a hotel in the centre of the capital Yerevan in rooms with a
twin bed, toilet and bath/shower. One night we will move to hotel Harsnaqar
located on the shore of Lake Sevan, as part of a 2 day excursion.
� Dance classes will be taught by two renowed teachers: Pajlak Sarkisian, a
professional teacher and choreographer at the Sayat Nova Conservatory,
Department of dance and his collegue at the same institute Petros
� Our excursions will visit some of the country�s famous historical
landmarks and monuments of the Ancient era and Middle Ages, such as the
ancient temple of Garni and the impressive monasteries of Hagartsin and
Geghard. A visit to the religious centre of Armenia, Edsmiadzin will be
programmed on Sunday.
A variety of nature such
as the water resort of Lake Sevan, the forests of Dilijan and Tsaghkadzor,
and the mountainous region of the Southeast will be included in our tours.
� A unique excursion will lead us to the village of Zolakar, south of Lake
Sevan, about 2 hours drive from Yerevan. This village hosts the Kalasyan
sisters, 3 ladies who are in their eighties and still carry on the dance
tradition of their ancestors, who arrived in Armenia by the end of the 19th
century. Accompagnied by live music they will give us a demonstration of
dance in its purest form. Zolakar also hosts a dance ensemble of younger
people and they will perform for us after enjoying a typical Armenian lunch,
prepared by the villagers. We will witness the preparation of
�lavash�E(Armenian bread), baked the traditional way and visit an old
house, which gives an excellent impression of village life in past times.
� Folklore will be the red threat in our tour: we will visit a dance
school, a rehearsal of a folk band and will get a taste of local food in a
wide range of restaurants. A guided tour to the museum of Sardarapat will
present us with a variety of traditional Armenian costumes
� you will learn about the culture and history of one of the world's oldest
nations by visiting the Historical Museum in Yerevan and will have free
time to visit the �Vernissage�E an art market where local artists sell their
silverware, ceramics, paintings etc.
Included: flight, hotel (twin room with bad/shower and toilet), all meals,
transport and excursions, entrance fees and guide, dance classes and music
CD of the dance program provided by the teachers.
Not included: visa (upon arrival at Yerevan airport), approximately 30
dollar. Air tax upon departure (at airport) approximately 20 dollar. Extra
fee of 6 dollar for single room per night. Videotape of the dances will be
for sale and can be ordered.
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