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Our Mission is simple - to enrich the Armenian cultural lives of youngsters in our community. Abaka aims to teach, through visual and performing arts, the richness of the Armenian culture and its traditions and instill in young Armenians the spirit and pride of belonging to a unique heritage.

Abaka Storefront Image ABAKA Armenian School for the Performing Arts was founded in 1995 to enrich the Armenian cultural life of youngsters in our community, creating a small corner of Armenia in America. Abaka provides an outlet for young Armenians to discover and bring forth their hidden talents and aids in the advancement of their cultural lives.

The school is open to youngsters between the ages of 3 and 16. Classes in Armenian Dance are taught on weekdays by several experienced teachers and are culminated into a year-end performance presented to the community.

During the year, several social activities are organized on school premises and surrounding areas, to help students interact with peers in a relaxed and safe atmosphere.

Mr. Ashjian, founder of the School, has over 30 years experience in Armenian dance and is certified as director/choreographer from the Khatchatour Apovian School of Dance Instruction and Choreography in Armenia. He is also the director/choreographer of the well-known Sayat Nova Dance Company of Boston, whose membership includes many of the Abaka School graduates. "Children are our future" he says, "and the Abaka School’s contribution to our society is to help the Armenian artists of tomorrow discover their cultural niche."

Abaka is located conveniently at 101 Bigelow Ave. in Watertown, MA, next to the Armenian Cultural and Educational Center (A.C.E.C.).

For more information about the School and for registration details, please call Mr. Ashjian at 339-222-2410 (days) or 617-489-7743 (evenings).