BOSTON, Massachusetts—The Sayat Nova Dance Company of Boston has been selected to perform in the 90th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The 2016 Parade will mark the first appearance by the group. Sayat Nova Dance Company will have the opportunity to showcase their exciting talents alongside iconic Parade staples, including giant character balloons, floats, marching bands, celebrities and clowns.
Each year, the Macy’s Parade creative team looks for performance groups across the country that have the talent and abilities to captivate more than 3.5 million live spectators and more than 50 million viewers. From the wacky to the outrageous, these groups offer unique performances that add a dose of local color to the national event.
The Sayat Nova Dance Company of Boston is the leading Armenian dance company of North America. Founded in 1986 by director/choreographer Apo Ashjian, Sayat Nova is a non-profit organization that relies solely on the commitment and dedication of its supporters. Over the past 30 years, the company has had approximately 500 volunteer members contribute to their mission, which is to preserve and promote the Armenian culture through dance. Inspired by a love for their heritage and for dancing, members of the Company are enthusiastic and devoted individuals. They continue to share the traditions of song and dance to sold-out audiences worldwide. Sayat Nova has performed in various prestigious venues including;
Boston’s Hatch Shell, Boston Common’s Outside the Box Festival, the Emerson Majestic Theatre, Jacob’s Pillow, Gillette stadium, and Armenia’s reputable Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet.
Their most recent production, “Journey Through Time,” is filled with energetic dancing, dynamic lighting, life-size stage props, and an emotional tale of history, triumph, and pride. As part of a rich culture, Armenian folk dancing is a reflection of the life and legacy of the Armenian people. Each dance symbolizes the spirit of the Armenian people and celebrates the existence of the Armenian heritage.
About the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
With more than 50 million viewers across the country and more than 3.5 million spectators that line up along the streets of New York City each year, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a national icon that has grown into a world-famous holiday event. Since 1924, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has marked the official start of the holiday season. Growing in size and scale, the Parade proudly marches down a more than 2-mile route in New York City with more than 8,000 participants in tow including Macy’s employees, their families, celebrities, athletes, clowns and dance groups spreading holiday cheer. The Parade also features America’s best marching bands, fabulous floats and Macy’s signature giant helium character balloons. For more information on the Macy’s Parade, please visit www.macys.com/parade or call the Parade hotline at (212) 494-4495.