December 12, 2017 @ 12:20 PM

I just returned from two weeks teaching in Japan in a variety of cities. This marks my eighteenth visit. My tour started with an all-day party on Thursday, November 23 from 10 am to 4 pm. The program was based around the over 150 dances I have taught over the years. This was my fourth party since 2009. I still can't believe how they don't forget. The Asians are excellent students and retain most of what I taught. We make videos for each visit but you still cannot see every little detail. I did a lot of reviewing of past dances. The weekends were in Tokyo and Kyoto. I contacted the Armenian Embassy in Tokyo and they helped with the promotion. There are about 100 Armenians living throughout Japan, mostly merchants. All travel was by bullet train at 250 km an hour. That's 150 mph. That's fast enough for lift off on some aircraft. Many of these Japanese students have been with me since 1979. Eight other teachers cycle in with me and a different teacher goes to Japan every two to three months. The teachers come from Macedonia, Croatia, Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, Romania, Israel, and Russia. It was from this group of Japanese I organized a 10 day tour of Armenia earlier in July. I'm back home now and preparing for my new eight week course at the Karavan Dance Studio in Glendale beginning January 10, 2018. If you are planning on coming, give me a call so I can keep track of the count. This particular session I'll be concentrating on my program from Japan plus of course we'll do our past dances.