Traditional Armenian Dance Costumes
For the last 15 years, the Women for Development NGO has been implementing educational, health care and community development projects in the villages of the Shirak region. Their mission has been to mobilize these communities through increasing community involvement and education. The Women for Development NGO have been successful in motivating villages to voluntarily organize their own community events.
The village of Lanjik, although plagued with unemployment, poverty and seasonal migration, has put its efforts together and arranged an agreement with a dance tutor to organize a children’s dance group. The village of Torosgyugh has also established a children’s dance group in their village. Currently these children have to perform using borrowed and very old traditional Armenian costumes from a dance group in Gyumri.
These villages are in need of additional support, as they continue to foster these cultural opportunities for both children and their families. Through sponsorship of his project, 30 children between both Torosgyugh and Lanjik villages will obtain 30 new dance costumes and dance shoes to use during their concerts. The goal of this project is to motivate and encourage both parents and their children in continuing their efforts of self-sustainment through community development. Its success will help increase the confidence and self-esteem of these children, leading them towards brighter futures. Furthermore, through the concerts they will be giving these children will be promoting their Armenian culture and heritage.
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A local designer from Gyumri created traditional designs for the new costumes and has been spending get last few days measuring the children and sewing the dance costumes.
Children in Torosguygh and Lanjik villages received their brand new dance costumes and dance shoes.
The dance groups from Torosgyugh and Lanjik held a joint event/concert wearing their beautiful new costumes and shoes. During the concert they acknowledged generous sponsors of this project and our organization.