The Armenian Reporter | February 28, 2009 11 Community The junior members of Bayside’s Aradzani dance group surround the “hars” and “pesa” (Margaret Sakar and Armen Demirjian) during a performance, May 4, 2008. Armenian, Greek dance groups to partner in memory of the indigenous Christians of Asia Minor BAYSIDE, N.Y. – The Aradzani Dance Group of the Armenian Church of the Holy Martyrs will present on Saturday April 25, at 7:00 p.m., a program of pre-1915 dances of the indigenous Armenian, Assyrian, and Greek Christians of Asia Minor. When the ancestors of today’s Turks arrived in Asia Minor from Central Asia starting in the 11th century, the area was mostly made up of Christians. Prior to 1915 there were approximately six million Christians in Asia Minor. The Christian population today in Turkey is about 100,000. This program is a tribute to their culture and is in memory of the Armenians, Assyrians, and Greeks who lived there. The Aradzani Dance Group will present dances from the Vaspouragan (Van), Garin (Erzurum), Dikranagerd (Diarbakir), and Kharpert (Mamouret El Aziz) regions of pre-1915 Eastern Asia Minor (Historic Armenia). Aradzani will also present a pre-1915 Assyrian dance called the Sheikhani from the southern part of Van province. The dance ensemble will dance to the live music of the Tarpinian Ensemble with vocalist Lisa Tarpinian. The Aradzani Dance Group is an ethnographic dance group with a repertoire of more than 120 unchoreographed Armenian pre-1915 dances of Historic Armenia. Many of the dances Aradzani performs are almost extinct. The Greek American Folklore Society will present Greek dances from the pre-1915 Anatolian regions of Cappadocia, Pontus, and Smyrna (Izmir). The Greek American Folklore Society is dedicated to the study, preservation and instruction of the history and traditions of Hellenic folk culture. The Hye Bar Dance Group of The Armenian Church of the Holy Martyrs will present dances from pre-1915 regions of Musa Ler and a medley of a dance called “Lorke Lorke,” danced throughout Eastern Anatolia. Hye Bar is a youth dance group under the direction of Mary Demirjian. One of its performances was at Lincoln Center in Manhattan. The dances of Hye Bar are choreographed by Gagik Karapetyan, an international authority on Armenian dance. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students with ID; it is free for children under 10. Refreshments will be served. The program will take place in Kalustyan Hall, Armenian Church of the Holy Martyrs, 209-15 Horace Harding Expressway. In addition to the April 25 program, Aradzani will hold a dance class with Tom Bozigian of California, an authority on ethnographic Armenian dance, on Sunday, May 3, from 1 to 4 p.m. and Monday, May 4, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Conference to focus on ArmeniaandArmenians in international treaties Proceedings to be webcast live ANN ARBOR, Mich. – International treaties represent critical moments in the history of Armeniaand the Armenian people. They have had serious implications for Armenians’ status and future as well as that of neighboring peoples and countries. International treaties also constitute the linchpin of diplomatic history. To determine patterns and processes that illuminate the challenges that ArmeniaandArmenians have faced in their long history, the Armenian Studies Program at The University of Michigan and program director Gerard Libaridian have announced an upcoming international conference on “ArmeniaandArmenians in International Treaties.” The 24 conference participants represent 10 countries, including Armenia, Iran, Turkey, Kazakhstan, France, Austria, Chile, and Argentina. Conference sessions, all open to the public, will be held in the Michigan Union at The University of Michigan from March 19 to 21, and will also be webcast live at http://umtv-live.rs.itd.umich.edu/ asp/asp032009.asx. In addition, viewers will be able to participate by emailing their questions for panelists to email@example.com. An Armenian Studies Program staff member will ensure that questions submitted online are addressed to panelists if they are received before the end of the Q&A period. A draft program for the conference is currently available online: www. ii.umich.edu/asp.