Shaghig Palanjian has been involved in Armenian dance for over 30 years, studying under dance director Flora Kaloustian. She has been an instructor of Armenian dance for the Erebouni Dance Ensemble of the Boston Hamazkain and an Assistant Director of the Daron Dance Ensemble of the Greater Boston Chapter of the Armenian General Benevolent Union.
Born in Lebanon, she immigrated to the United States in 1976. As the granddaughter of Armenian composer Parsegh Ganachian, she grew up surrounded with music and art, which encouraged her pursuit of studying drama and ballet at Northeastern University. As one of the founding members of the Sayat Nova Dance Company, she is a valuable asset to the Company and its director.
Currently she lives in the Watham area with her family and works for one of the largest biotech companies in the Boston area.
Hagop Ashjian has been involved in Armenian dance from a very young age. Born in Lebanon, he immigrated to the United States at the age of six. Influenced by his brother Apo’s love of dancing, he got involved in Armenian dance himself, first as a student at the Holy Trinity Armenian School in Cambridge and then as a member of the AGBU Daron Dance Ensemble in Boston. His stage debut came in 1975 as a child dancer in the Armenian folk ballet Anoush, under choreographer Sarkis Paskalian at the Music Hall (Citi Performing Arts Center) in Boston.
He began instructing the AGBU Daron Dance Ensemble in 1981 and is currently the assistant director of the Sayat Nova Dance Company. His energy and motivation are an inspiration to group.
He lives in Watertown, Massachusetts with his wife and two children.