School for Georgian Dance

Dance Class and Ensemble "Georgia"

Ensemble Georgia

Kartuli According to tradition we teach Georgian dance as a refined art form. Because the technique is very complete and rigorous the children learn balance, sense of rhythm, poise, sensitivity to one's body and ability to pay attention simultaneously to different activity in different parts of the body. All parts of the body are engaged with special attention given to posture, arm and leg movements. There is a strong emotional component from the dances and music, which are designed by long tradition to engage the joy, exuberance and aspirations of the participants.

To support this the music for the dance classes is provided live by our Georgian musicians.

The classes are taught primarily in the Georgian language, which supports the sense of Georgian culture in the students. At the same time classes are open to all nationalities, and Georgian, Russian and English are all used as appropriate.

Everything that is learned in the classes is intensified with performance. This provides the opportunity for the children to strive for a very high level. It also strengthens qualities such as personal responsibility, memory, coordination with choreography, initiative, and so forth. All children perform in events with the Georgian church, at our studio and in our annual concert. Those who have advanced sufficiently with the dancing participate in more of the public performances.

The ensemble is held to the highest standard of performance and offers a continuous inspiration for the children to strive to master the art of Georgian dance. The ensemble performs 10-15 times each year for different events. The annual concert is a special event that includes even the youngest of the students with dances appropriate to their level. Preparation for this performance is a major effort, not only to master the dance choreographies but also to understand the costumes and relations between the dancers. We choose a major concert hall, usually the Millennium Theatre in Brooklyn, to give a sense of maturity and character to the performance effort.

Our Staff

  • Artistic and Gerneral Director: Victor Sirelson
  • Choreographer: Vladimer "Dato" Goderidze
  • Studio Director: Lika Bakhturidze Sirelson
  • Men's Choir Director: Davit Chkuaseli
  • Studio and General Manager: Tsutsa Kapanadze
  • Children's Georgian Dance Choreographers: Irina Khutsurauli and Roini Margvelashvili
  • Music School Director: Tengiz Shautidze
  • Ballet School Director: Ani Gadelia
  • Theater Directors: Davit Toprakashvili and Lika Bakhturidze Sirelson

Be Part of Our Community

We are a growing community sharing a common interest in Georgian culture, immigrant life and the practice and enjoyment of the best of art and culture. If you would like to become involved or simply learn more, you are most welcome to visit, email, phone or write.

Contact details

We can converse in English, Georgian and Russian.
Phone: Victor: 914-522-3888; Lika: 845-642-4823; Tsutsa: 347-257-2741

Email: info@dancingcrane.org; vsirelson@gmail.com

Correspondence: 6401 20th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11204 and 9 Dekay Road, Warwick, NY 10990