AGBU youth has recently undertaken a new project – Tamzara Kids. Under the guidance of Tamzara’s dance teacher and choreographer Nazarena, this project was established with the intention of igniting a passion within our youth for Armenian dance, as well as to provide the opportunity to pass on the rich culture and history that is weaved throughout these ancient pieces.
During a typical Tamzara Kids practice, the children learn about the various types of traditional Armenian dances as well as modern Armenian dances. Armenian dancing requires skill and precision. Therefore each session begins with a warm up including ballet poses which help the dancers improve their posture and stability. This also helps them to learn the steps with speed and accuracy.
Armenians have a long history of dance, and at Tamzara Kids, the children get the chance to learn about some of these folk dances while dancing them! Dance has been used to pass on traditions, tell stories, celebrate and lift spirits. For example, Yarkhushta is a dance soldiers perform to raise their spirits before going to war; with its strong and upbeat rhythm, it helps boost morale, camaraderie and patriotism. On the other hand, dances such as Naz-bar, traditionally performed by women, are a graceful display of femininity to slower and softer music.
There are also a variety of celebratory dances that are performer at weddings and other joyous occasions. Armenians love to celebrate, and it’s important to pass on this aspect of our culture to the next generation.
Tamzara kids is a great place for children to start learning and loving dance, music and culture!
Dance practice is held every Tuesday night, 6:30 pm at the AGBU Cultural Centre (2 Yeo St, Neutral Bay). All children between the ages of 4-13 are welcome! If you know anyone, of any age, who would like to start dancing, please come along to the practice or email us at [email protected].