Tamesian-Shenloogian - Artistic Director
are few people who can say they've seen and experienced
every level of the development of the Antranig Dance
Ensemble. Joyce Tamesian-Shenloogian is one of them,
having been a member of the Ensemble since its origins
in the early 1970s.
From humble beginnings as a back-row teenager, to
primary female soloist, Assistant Dance Director,
and now Artistic Director of Antranig, Joyce has
truly worked her way up the ladder and has excelled
every step of the way.
As soloist, Joyce created and performed such
graceful dances as Im Anoush Davigh in "The
Eternal Flame" and Makhmoor Akhchig in the
group's "Pictures of Armenia" production.
In addition she's performed memorable duets with
her partner Randy Sapah-Gulian, including The
Lovers Suite among others.
Assistant Director in the 1980s, Joyce was responsible
for training the girls of the ensemble as they learned,
refined and performed through a number of high-profile
stage productions. Known for her close relationship
with the dancers on a performance and personal level,
Joyce has solved problems and soothed nerves in many
a dressing room that never found their way to the stage.
is a professional in her field of Dance Education/Dance
Performance and Choreography, having received extensive
training in various dance schools and holding a degree
in Performing Arts, Speech and Theater from Montclair
1986 Joyce was named Artistic Director of the Antranig
Dance Ensemble. It was a fitting tribute from the group
that has been so close to her heart for so long. Over
fifteen years later she's held the position longer and
brought more productions to stage than any other of
the group's fine directors. These include "Gift
From Armenia," "Love and Laughter" and
"From Armenia With Love," as well as two-week
tours of Armenia and Europe in the 1990s.
unique ability to work with young members and give them
the time and patience to mature as dancers has been
a cornerstone of her success. She's also always willing
to develop able assistants and share her successes of
the highly successful Antranig dance program.