In 1990, under the auspices of ACOM, the Armenian Dance Ensemble of Minnesota (ADE) was formed. This group has evolved into a strong, self-sufficient and organized entity over the years. As a non-profit, inter-generational performing group, the mission of the ADE is to preserve the traditional folk dances as they were done in various regions of historic Armenia, thereby enhancing community awareness of the Armenian heritage, culture and history. Weekly rehearsals are held in a specially designed room at St. Sahag. An invitation is extended to anyone who is interested in this aspect of the Armenian culture. Armenians and "odars" are welcome to participate. If you have questions, contact Naïry by using the form on the right.
Armenian Dance Ensemble of Minnesota - Community Performances are ongoing throughout the year. The Ensemble performs at community events in schools, churches, parks, and social events/festivals. The Ensemble also performs at many senior living, assisted living and nursing homes around the Twin Cities. During their performances informational and educational aspects about Armenia are incorporated as well as the music and dance which is the main show. The image gallery that is attached shows some of the many aspects of this community outreach.
The Armenian Dance Ensemble presents dances from Armenia at the Annual Festival of Nations. The group performs multiple times over the three days (Friday-Sunday) to enthusiastic audiences both for Student day on Friday and for the General Public. The group has a repertoire of over fortyt various choreographies representing both current day Armenian dance as well as Armenian dances from the historic regions of Armenia. Thanks go out to all Ensemble members who give willingly of their time and talents to make our performances memorable. Included in this article is a video sampler of the Dance Groups various choreographies and perfromance venues. Enjoy.