News > Jordanian Armenians > Spitak folklore group in Amman: Loyal to its mission
By Talin L.V. Yergatian, Amman
As applause and cheer rang through the packed Terra Sancta College 500 seat auditorium. It was certain that May 20th, 2010 marked a great day for all Armenians in Amman, Jordan.
After a year of consistent 4 day a week practices, Jordanís Armenian folklore group Spitak had truly presented a one of a kind performance. It was the unyielding efforts and support of Anna Shahinyan (Deegin Anna) that drove the Armenian youth to strive for excellence through traditional dance.
As a professional dance instructor from Armenia, Shahinyan instilled in each young individual the pride that is in itself traditional Armenian dance. Her eye for detail and commitment to educate drove all members to work hard, and accounts for the 30 young able dancers in the group.
For some of the parents of these dancers, it was a testimony to their efforts to revive the history of the dance group itself. Hagop Mahserejian is one of the founding members of the group that was first established in 1965 as the Watani Sporting Club Dancing Group, and accounts for the success of the group throughout the years. Other dance instructors to the group in the early years were Kariken Kefelian, and Garo Dadaghelian.
As a tragic earthquake hit Armenia in 1988, the dance group changed its name to Spitak in memoriam of the thousands of lives lost in the epicenter of the earthquake in the Spitak region of Armenia. No more than a year later, in 1989, the group performed in Jarash Festival, a well-known festival of arts and culture in Jordan.
As a member of Spitak, I am confident to say that we have made an everlasting promise to continue our efforts and furthermore, seek new members to join our group.
Our next two performances may be seen by all attending the AGBU Forum on 05 June 2010, at the Dead Sea in Jordan, and at a forty-five minute program of twelve dances at the Jordanian Summer Festival on 20 July 2010.
The following words are the driving force to our promise:
Till you garner the living Armenians
And this dance
We will dance it on the summit of Ararat!
Photos: During the training in the Watani Sporting Club and group photos.