Autumn Leaves XXXIV
November 3-5, 2017


Tom Bozigian (with Sheree King Bozigian)
Armenian Dance Workshop

Tom Bozigian, of Los Angeles, California, is an internationally recognized dance instructor. He is a graduate of the Armenian State Choreographic Academy and also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.) in Russian Area Studies and a Master of Arts Degree (M.A.) in Education from Fresno State University. He is fluent in three languages: English, Armenian and Russian. He unites the elements of professional dancer-choreographer/linguist/musician to support his far-reaching research on the subject of Armenian dance ethnography. Tom Bozigian is particularly sought out for his extensive knowledge of dances from the pre-1915 period and has presented some of his material to institutes and ensembles throughout Armenia. His dance expertise also covers dances of the Armenian Diaspora and new folk dances. Tom Bozigian’s teaching has taken him to most continents of the world. He has been commissioned to set suites of Armenian dances for both Armenian and non-Armenian dance ensembles in various countries, and he regularly tours the Orient and Europe teaching Armenian dance.

Along with his teaching courses, which includes instruction in Russian character, Lebanese (Dabke) and Greek folk dances, Tom Bozigian leads a folklore orchestra which has produced numerous recordings. He is an accomplished percussionist with nearly 45 years of performance experience as a dancer/singer/musician.

Tom Bozigian was born in Los Angeles, California to Armenian parents. His father immigrated to America from Gumri-Alexandropol, Armenia. His mother’s parents immigrated from Kharpert, East Anatolya (father) and Varna, Bulgaria (mother). The family moved to Fresno, California in the early 1940’s, where Tom was raised and educated. There he learned Armenian language, music and dance from both Caucasian and Anatolian Armenians who had immigrated to this fertile agricultural area in the San Joaquin Valley and continued to maintain the many songs and dances representing their many regions. The 1920’s through 1960’s were peak periods of ethnic activity in Fresno and it was during this time, beginning in the late 1940’s, that Tom developed a life-long love of original Armenian song and dance.

In 1968, Tom moved back to Los Angeles where he taught Russian studies in the Pasadena School System. An award winning athlete in his youth, Tom continued his dance training in Los Angeles studying ballet as well as Armenian dance with the noted choreographer Jora Markarian. This led to an invitation from the Soviet Armenian government in the early 1970’s for Tom to study at the State Choreographic School, Sayat Nova. During his 3-year stay in Armenia studying classical, Russian character and Armenian dance, Tom participated in regional field research filming and recording provincial songs and dances throughout the country. Much of this was coordinated with the University of Yerevan Ethnographic Institute.

After graduating from the choreographic school in Armenia and returning to Los Angeles in 1975, Tom Bozigian made the decision to devote his career full-time to the preservation, performance and instruction of original Armenian song and dance. Each year Tom travels to Armenia to continue teaching and research, working with various institutions and dance specialists such as Artashes Karapetyan of the Mankavarzhakan Institute for Dance as well as with folk musicians. Areas throughout Armenia, including other countries, are targeted and visited for the purpose of drawing analogies of original dances from both Armenia and the Diaspora.

In Los Angeles Tom continues with classical dance training and studies musical arrangement and harmony. Presently, he teaches weekly classes in Armenian dance in southern California and plays with his trio of folk musicians who have recently recorded two CD’s. He also regularly records with the Armenian State Television Ensemble for Folk Instruments which has also been included on his CD’s.

Sheree King was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. and began dance and baton classes at the age of five. She has a M. A. in Dance from UCLA and is Professor Emeritus of Dance and former chair of the Theatre, Dance, and Film Department at Long Beach City College. She has performed with Rudy Perez, Momentum Dance Company, UCLA Dance Company, and the Nouveau Chamber Ballet. Her choreography has been presented in many southern California colleges and universities, at International City Theatre, Orange County Choreographers Showcase, and the Mark Taper Forum. Sheree directs “Moved by the Spirit” liturgical dancers. She is also a certified Pilates and Gyrokinesis instructor.

Tom Bozigian has previously taught in Nashville on at least four occasions over the years and we are happy to welcome him and his wife, Sheree, again for what is sure to be a fun-filled weekend!

Saturday's dance party will include a set of live music from NIFD's Tantsova Grupa.



Casa Azafran
2195 Nolensville Pike, Suite 3 | Nashville, TN 37211 | Phone: 615-291-4672

We’ll hold our thirty-fourth anniversary Autumn Leaves at Casa Azafran in Nashville, just a quick hop off interstate I-24.

Please join us at Autumn Leaves XXXVI for a fabulous weekend of dance, music, fellowship, and FUN!"

Friday parking update: If the parking is full in front of Casa Azafran on Friday night, there is a back parking lot. Access to it is on Nolensville Road, just past Casa Azafran if you are traveling towards downtown (North). There is a driveway on the left, just past the building and before the sign that reads Park at Melrose Place. I am told the back lot is well lit and safe. If that lot is full, there is additional parking on Nolensville road going away from town (South) on the same side of Nolensville as Casa Azafran. It is a little grassy lot, just past Payless Auto Sales, we are advised to pull all the way in and around to face out at the front of the lot. If it is rainy, please get some common sense out of your glove box and don't drive where you think you might bog down!And finally,If you have a parking dilemma, the other function (Fund raiser/concert benefit for Puerto Rico) will have volunteers on hand. The organizer of the event will instruct them to assist you also with parking. Friday night is the only night that we expect parking to be tight.
Below is a map to the dance site:

PARKING MAP for Casa Azafran PDF

Schedule and Fees:

Cost: Registration for all sessions and dance party: $90 ($100 if paid after Oct.11)
Individual Sessions are prorated as follows:
Session I, $18; Session II, lIl, and IV, $28; Dance Party, $10
A video DVD will be made of the review for purchase.

To pay for registration, you can do so either by our PayPal link (near the bottom of the page) or by clicking on the PDF registration file and printing out and mailing the registration form.

Click for downloadable flyers: FrontBack (with registration form)

Send your check payable to "NIFD" or "Nashville International Folk Dancers" and the above PDF registration form (or equivalent info) to:
Kate Croy
PO Box 148784
Nashville, TN 37214

Autumn Leaves XXXIV
(Times below are Central Standard Time)

Friday, November 3
6:30pm - 8:00pm Registration & Request Dancing
8:00pm - 9:30pm Session 1: Teaching ($18 if you are a walk-in)
9:30pm - 10:30pm Extra Request Dancing

Saturday, November 4
9:15am - 11:45am Session II: Teaching ($28 if you are a walk-in)
11:45am - 1:30pm Lunch Break (On your own)
1:30pm - 2:00pm Cultural session
2:00pm - 4:00pm Session III: Teaching ($28 if you are a walk-in)
4:00pm - 7:00pm Dinner Break (On your own)
7:00pm - 11:00pm Dance Party ($10 if you are a walk-in) with live music from Tantsova Grupa

No after party is scheduled this year. Daylight Savings time ends at 2 AM, Sunday, Nov. 5. Turn clocks back one hour.

Sunday, November 5
9:30am - 11:30am Session IV: Review ($28 if you are a walk-in)

Requesting Dances for Saturday night dance party: We have around 600 dances in our MP3 collection with which to play your requests. If you have a particular favorite request dance,
consider checking our updated dance list at the following link: NIFD Playlist. If you don't see it there, we probably don't have it, so please bring a CD or MP3 containing your request and we will be glad to play it and also add it to our collection.

Contact information:

For more information, email Sara Tuck at

For those who would prefer to pay online, the following Paypal link is provided for the tuition payment. (Please note there is a 3% processing fee to pay online using Paypal.)

List of nearby restaurants

List of nearby hotels

List of past Autumn Leaves teachers


Site design by Gregory Blann, Webmaster. Copyright© 2002. All rights reserved. Revised 7/31/17