Sirun Aghchik is a traditional Armenian folk song. After the Armenian Holocaust in ca. 1915, survivors scattered around the world – one point of concentration being Fresno, California. With so much of their cultural heritage and memory destroyed, Armenians tried to fill the gap by holding contests for best new Armenian dance. This choreography was the 1953 winner.
Here’s my favorite musical version of the song, by the Gomidas band.