About the Company
The Sayat Nova Dance Company's mission is to preserve and promote the Armenian culture, primarily through the art of dance; To foster an atmosphere of friendship among individuals sharing the pride and indomitable spirit of the Armenian people; To further educate and elevate multicultural awareness within all ethnic communities worldwide.
The Sayat Nova Dance Company of Boston (SNDC) was formed in January 1986, as an independent, non-profit dance ensemble, under the direction of Apo Ashjian. With his leadership and the efforts of a handful of dedicated individuals, the Company has been able to surround itself by a group of young, talented individuals from all walks of life. The Company takes its name from the famous 18th century troubadour, Sayat Nova (depicted at right), whose beautiful music and poetry captures the essence of the Armenian soul and spirit.
As part of a rich culture, Armenian folk dancing is a reflection of the life and legacy of the Armenian people. Each dance symbolizes the livelihood, the aspirations, the legends, the celebration of life and appreciation of beauty.
The Company aims to preserve and promote Armenian culture through the art of dance. With this in mind, the group performs extensively in the United States and Canada. In 1995, the SNDC took its much-anticipated first trip to its homeland, Armenia. The group presented eight performances throughout the country, including the capital city of Yerevan, receiving rave reviews and much applause.
In 2006, the ensemble returned to Armenia, this time to celebrate the company's 20th Anniversary. The group toured the entire country including Stepanakert, the capital city of Artsakh. The tour was culminated with a sold-out performance at Yerevan's famous Opera House, the most prestigious theater in Armenia.
Most recetly, in July 2016, the ensemble again returned to Armenia to celebrate the company's 30th Anniversary, participating in the "Im Hayastan" (My Armenia) festival in Yerevan. The two week visit was culminated with a private performance for the Armenian military at the Baronian Theater in Yerevan and sold-out performance at Yerevan's famous Opera House, the most prestigious theater in Armenia.
Inspired by a love for their heritage and for dancing, members of the Company are enthusiastic, devoted individuals, investing both time and talent to make the Sayat Nova Dance Company a symbol of pride and achievement for the Armenian people.