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Monday May 20th 2024

Armenian and Balkan Dance: Tapestry Folkdance Center

Fri. evenings dancers celebrate cultures past and present dancing to global music.

In April, Tapestry folkdance instructors Jan Morse (April 1) Gina Bonsignore (April 8), Nairy Digris (April 15 & 22) and Terry McGibbon (April 29) will bring dances of Armenia and the Balkan countries.

Lessons 7:30 to 9 pm and a dance follows; cost is $8 , $6 Tapestry members, $5 students.

On April 8, Gina Bonsignore, will teach Armenian, Eastern European and Middle Eastern folkdance at the Tula Yoga & Wellness Center at 99 Snelling Ave. N. in St. Paul. (Go to for time and cost of this special dance program.)

Dance Beginners Welcome

You do not need to be of Armenian or Balkan ancestry to learn and enjoy these dances. Teachers start the instruction with basic dances. Even if you don”'t master them all, you”'ll have fun.

What is Armenian Dance?

Armenian dance is performed either as group dances or as solo dances. The style of dance best known to immigrant communities who fled to America from Armenia during the genocide of 1915-1917 is the Western village style distinguished by heavy footwork, stomping and clapping. While dancing in an open circle, hand and arm movements are as important as the footwork. The dances are robust and lively but accessible to people of all ages. Instructors will teach traditional circle dances, line dances and party dances.

Several Tapestry teachers have trained with well-known Armenian teachers and choreographers, and can offer insights into the culture, too.

No need to pre-register; pay at the door. Info:, or call 612-722-2914 3748 Minnehaha Ave S., Mpls.

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