Hamazkaine Armenian Sydney Dance Ensemble


E-Newsletter - October 2013 Edition

On behalf of Harmick Hacobian President of ASDC board and all its members, we would like to sincerely thank all our dance members, choreographers, parents and generous sponsors for their continued efforts in the recent months.
All parties including the Zvartnotz Dance Ensemble of Los Angeles worked tirelessly to make our dancers trip to LA a memorable experience and timeless performance. ASDC is proud to have marked a significant achievement in its history, accomplishing a true milestone.

ASDC would like to warmly welcome back Tzolin Bablanian and one of ex senior dance members Chris Shahinian to its board.

We are pleased to be presenting our latest news through this newsletter. We would like to thank all our dance members and families for your tremendous support, encouragements and cooperation throughout the year.

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LA Tour, 21st September 2013

The ASDC group arrived at LAX for their Los Angeles Tour on Saturday 21st September. Upon arrival the Zvartnots Dance Ensemble greeted our dancers as they made their way through the arrival gates. The group gathered and headed by bus to the Hilton Hotel in Glendale. Later that night, Zvartnots hosted a warm welcome dinner for the ASDC group.

On Sunday 22nd of September the group was invited to perform at the Armenian Independence Day Festival at Verdugo Park. The atmosphere was great, as the park was filled with stalls, food and music. Both the 18+ and 15+ group performed a dance in front of over 800 Armenians and was loudly applauded. That night ASDC was treated to a “Dinner Dance” at Arbat Banquet Hall with over 300 attendees and a range of international performers including our favourite Harout Pamboukjian.

The following day the entire group went to Disneyland to relax and enjoy this attraction before the hectic schedule of dance rehearsals. Over the next couple of days after the daily group breakfast at Florence House ASDC members would make their way to the Zvartnots Dance Hall to begin practice followed by various group activities and social events including trips to Armenian Churches in Glendale, Santa Barbra Beach, Universal Studios and Hollywood. At nights after dinner the group would interact with the Zvartnots dance members. It was here that friendships were strengthened between both groups and a family bond was created between two diaspora’s groups.

As the week progressed the excitement of being in Los Angeles grew stronger and the motivation to perform for dancers was heightened. The support received by Artistic Directors Vartan and Armine Aghajanyan further encouraged the group to perform to the best of their potential.

Concert Ohan 23rd August

A great opportunity arose for ASDC to organise a concert featuring talented young Armenian singer Ohanes Ohanessian, also known in the general public as Johnny Ohan at North Sydney Leagues Club on 23rd August, 2013.

Johnny, with his orchestra and backup singers and dancers entertained over 350 people with a variety of jazz songs from famous singers such as Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington, Tommy Dhorsey and Count Bassie to name a few. Guests including several non Armenian individuals left the venue on a high and very impressed with such a talented and upcoming young Armenian singer.

Johnny very kindly donated all proceeds of the evening to the upcoming Armenian Sydney Dance Company’s LA tour.

Thanks to all those who attended and made the evening a huge success.

Youth Disco 14th September

On Saturday the 14th of September ASDC held a disco for age group 13-18 at the Willoughby Cultural Centre.  Fun was had by all with a great turn out on the night. DJ Aris Varvarian set the mood with a fantastic light exhibition and did a great job with almost blowing off the roof of the agoomp with his fabulous dance music. So much fun was had that ASDC was inundated with requests to organise another one soon, and we will endeavour to fill that request.

Eurofest 16th September

On Sunday the 15th of September, ASDC participated in the annual Eurofest Festival held at Ararat Reserve, Frenchs Forest. Three dance groups (9-10W, 9-12R and 11-13W) participated at this event and like previous years the crowd cheered on as our talented dancers showcased their Armenian dances and heritage.

The ASDC dancers are always a highlight of Eurofest which is always of great interest to the community.  ASDC is very proud to be associated with Eurofest for many years now and we look forward to future participation in this cultural event.

Concert LA 29TH September

On the morning of Sunday the 29th September 2013, the ASDC dance group arrived at Glendale High School with lots of energy and excitement. As the group entered the doors of the auditorium and rehearsal began on stage, performing on an international stage finally became a reality. The day was a whirlwind of costume preparations, stage co-ordination and hair and make-up arrangements.

Time flew by and before they knew it, the doors had opened and the Armenian community of Los Angeles had filled the auditorium with over 1,000 people. The anxiety disappeared once the opening curtains opened and the enthusiastic smiles of each dancer radiated to the audience.

The Los Angeles audience was treated to a rich programme that ranged from elegant female dances to energetic boy’s dances including ‘Avandagan Parer’, ‘Naz Pars’, ‘Gadak Par’ and a mixture of modern Armenian dances. The intensity and talent that was presented by an international group and the array of Armenian culture that was showcased through the art of dance captivated the audience.

The performer members would like to thank Director Harmick Hacobian and the rest of the ASDC Board for the countless hours of hard work and dedication in making the Los Angeles Tour of 2013 a tremendous success.  We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our devoted choreographers Anita Kherlopian and Angineh Karabedian. Your dedication to the craft brought out the best in our performers and as always, we are in great appreciation.

Overall, the Los Angeles concert was highly successful and will always be remembered as a magical night for the audience, dancers and ASDC members. It will remain a part of our ASDC history as a great achievement and will be cherished as an amazing experience.

ASDC Concert
3rd November
, Nida Theatre

After such a successful concert in Los Angeles, ASDC is looking forward to their concert in Sydney on the 3rd of November at NIDA Theatre.

Our seniors have been filled with an overwhelming sense of accomplishment & success and are looking forward to showing Sydney how talented they have become. As well as our senior dancers, our younger groups have been practicing and doing their best all year in order to put on a performance not to be missed.

This year, there will be a surprise performance by a very well known Armenian artist - Silva Hakobyan. This is a very rare opportunity and therefore  we encourage everyone to be there - we promise that you will not be disappointed! For further information, please refer to the info below.

See you all there!

This year our annual concert will be taking place at NIDA on Sunday November 3rd at 5pm.
There will be performances from not only all our ASDC group, but also, renowned singer, who is recognised as one of Armenia’s top singers, Silva Hakobyan.

Tickets are on sale for $50.00.

To avoid disappointment we would appreciate ASDC family members to purchase their tickets asap to ensure good seats.

For ticket enquiries please contact

ticketek on 132 849

Our team of instructors worked tirelessly in preparation for the LA tour concert, which is a testament to the performance level that was showcased. ASDC is extremely proud of all our dance instructors; Anita Kherlopian, Angine Karabedian, Anahid Grigor and Colette Mardirossian, who continue to work our dancers to the best of their ability in preparation for our Sydney concert on the 3rd of November.

Anita Angine Anahid Colette

In preparation for the LA tour concert, a young talented individual Gigo Giragosian joined the ASDC family, providing further experience to our already strong senior group. We welcome and thank Gigo for his time and effort, and we look forward to our future endeavors together.



ASDC would like to extend their utmost gratitude and appreciation to all our sponsors who supported us throughout the year.. It is with your help in which we are able to ensure that we deliver a vivid array of Armenian talent.

We look forward to our association with you in forthcoming years.



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Victoria's Basement


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As you're all aware, ASDC has their own Facebook page - Asdc Sydney which like our website, has all the current information regarding ASDC as well as other Armenian functions in the community. Due to the popularity of Facebook, it's a great way for all our members to see what ASDC has been up to such as taking part in the Eurofest Festival, or reading day to day activities out senior groups were involved in during their tour to LA as well as seeing pictures.

We encourage you all to 'Like' our page, so that you never miss out on the latest events and that you're up to date with what's going on in our ASDC family.

ASDC Website

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Please remember to visit our website www.asdc.com.au in order to read up on future and current events that will be taking place, information regarding our dance classes, dance instructors, parent committees, concerts, as well as ASDC’s contact information and team.

Also you will be able to access our E-Newsletter, which is uploaded each month, providing you with the latest news regarding ASDC events and functions.

Birthday Greetings

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13 + Fairfield
15 + Ryde
Senior Group

ASDC continues it’s greeting system, on our website www.asdc.com.au which congratulates all our ASDC  dance members on their birthdays as a nice gesture to know that the ASDC family is wishing you a ‘Happy Birthday’. Please check your emails so that you don’t miss out!







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