Armenia

Naroy Naroy

Naroy is a man’s name. The dance is an example of the style of dances of the Shoror family. Shoror literally means a to and fro movement of the torso. A traditional dance from Sasoun and Moush region (present Turkey).
Taught by Liudvig Poghosian (dance tour to Armenia, May 2007).
Pronunciation:  NAHR-oh-ee NAHR-oh-ee
Music:  Barev-Armenian Dances, Band 4 (traditional) and Band 5 (modern).  6/4 meter
Formation:  Closed circle, little fingers interlocked, arms in W-pos a little forward, facing ctr.

Presented by Tineke van Geel in 2008. View pdf here.

Ninoyem

Nino is a man’s name. Ninoyem means “I am Nino.” It is a traditional dance from Musaler, a region in former West Armenia, present Anatolia (Turkey). Taught by Liudvig Poghosian (dance tour to Armenia, May 2007).
Pronunciation:  Nee-noh-YEHM
Music:  Barev-Armenian Dances, Band 6.  4/4 meter
Formation: Closed circle, join hands in V-pos, face ctr.

Presented by Tineke van Geel in 2008. View pdf here.

Papouri

The name is derived from Kurdish and means “old man.” There are moreover, several similar dances with the same name. It is a traditional dance which is done in many regions in Armenia. Taught by Liudvig Poghosian (dance tour to Armenia, May 2007).
Pronunciation:  pah-poh-REE
Music:  Barev-Armenian Dances, Band 9.  4/4 meter
Formation: Closed circle, join hands in W-pos, face ctr.

Presented by Tineke van Geel in 2008. View pdf here.

 

Shoror

Shoror literally means a to and fro movement of the torso. Choreographer Paylak Sarkisian choreographed this dance and taught it in May 2007.
Pronunciation:  Shohr-OHR
Music:  Barev Armenian Dances, Band 1.  6/4 meter
Formation:  Closed or semi circle, little fingers interlocked with arms in W-pos at chest level, facing ctr.

Presented by Tineke van Geel in 2008. View pdf here.

Tamzara

Tamzara is both known as a song and as a dance. It is a man’s name. There are many varieties of this dance, because it was known in many regions in various forms. In Arapkir (former West Armenia) the name is said to be derived from the following anecdote. The leader of a village offered his guests his hospitality and always called for his daughter-in-law Zara to serve them “tan” (yoghurt mixed with salt and water). Therefore he called her by saying: “Tan, Zara!” According to the ancient storytellers, from then on the village name was changed to Tanzara.
How the name of the dance fits into the story remains kind of a mystery. Fact is that all Tamzaras are in a 9/8 beat (short-short-short-long). This version was taught by Paylak Sarkisian, and adapted by Tineke van Geel.

Presented by Tineke van Geel in 2008. View pdf here.

Tsnka Par

Tsnka means knee, Par means dance. Literally a “knee dance.” It is a traditional dance from Musaler, a region in former West Armenia, present Anatolia (Turkey). Taught by Liudvig Poghosian (dance tour to Armenia, May 2007).
Pronunciation:  tsunk pahr
Music:  Barev-Armenian Dances, Band 12.  4/4 meter
Formation: Closed circle, join hands in V-pos, face ctr.

Presented by Tineke van Geel in 2008. View pdf here.