Shushi Dance Ensemble Gives Two Performances in Orlando


By Serda Belekdanian

ORLANDO, Fla. — The dancer strode into the hall smiling and beaming with Armenian pride and soon had the crowd on their feet as Shushi Armenian Dance Ensemble’s performers delivered yet again another awe-inspiring emotional production.

Marking Shushi’s debut in here, the show held on January 16, at Olympia High School was a benefit performance for the under construction, St. Garabed Armenian Apostolic Church here.

Under the leadership and guidance of artistic director and choreographer Seta Paskalian-Kantardjian, more than 65 dancers participated in a program that was filled with affecting recitations, one-of-a-kind costumes and astounding choreography. Audience members were amazed and thrilled at the quality and professionalism of the dance group.

Later that same evening, Shushi Dance Ensemble performed at Disney World in Downtown Disney in front of a large and multi-cultural crowd. Following their debut, the group was awarded Disney’s coveted 2010 Mickey Mouse Award for their magical performance.

The following day, the group was treated to some rest and relaxation when more than 140 dancers and family members spent the day at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. As many performers exclaimed, the entire experience was “truly magical.”

The 2009-2010 season marks the dance ensembles biggest and most adventurous to date with memorable performances in Los Angeles, Chicago and Florida, a sold-out 2009 New Year’s Eve dinner dance in New Jersey and an upcoming show on March 27 in White Plains, NY, to benefit St. Gregory Armenian School. The season concludes with a July trip when the group will embark on a three-week Middle East tour with five performances in four cities: Aleppo, Amman, Damascus and Beirut.