Rouben Hovhannessian


Armenian and Near Eastern Dances

Rouben Hovhannessian


Rouben Hovhannessian 1981 to PRESENT

Reuben is a Choreographer, Instructor, and Dancer with Gypsy Folk Ensemble, a group presenting suites of dances from the Arab countries, Armenia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Polynesia, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Ukraine, United States, and former Yugoslavia. The troupe rehearses at the at the Gypsy Camp in Culver City, California. He has danced in hundreds of shows all over Southern California and Arizona on stage, at benefits, art openings, dinner shows, festivals, and parties. Gypsy is also under contract with The Performing Tree, ICAP and CCP, performing daily in public and private schools in and around the Los Angeles, California area and Northern California. Reuben has taught children's workshops in folk dance through a grant from Cal Arts. He performed at the Los Angeles Music Center under contract with the LA Olympic Committee during the 1984 Summer Olympics.

1986, '85, '82, '81

He danced the role of Drosselmeyer in the Pasadena Dance Theatre's Nutcracker at the San Gabriel Civic Auditorium.


Reuben was the Choreographer and Dancer in the Arcadia presentation of Amahl and the Night Visitors.

1982 to 1983

He was Choreographer and Instructor for the Sayat Nova Children's Armenian Dance School and the Adult Performing Group, preparing suites of Armenian folk dances for performances in Canada, Fresno, and the Los Angeles Area. He was Choreographer and Artistic Director for the Sevan Dance Group, a performing troupe of 24 dancers presenting Armenian, Georgian, Russian, and Ukrainian dances.


Reuben staged the Miss Globe Awards at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood.


Reuben was the Choreographer and Solo Dancer for the Beverly Hill's Theatre 40 in a Russian dance scene of Chekov's The Cherry Orchard. He was the Choreographer and Artistic Director for the Agbu Sararabad Performing Dance Group, a troupe of 20 dancers who performed Armenian, Greek, Romanian, and Russian dances in the Los Angeles area. He was a Dancer with the Bessarabia Romanian Folk Dance Troupe, touring the United States and Canada and local performances in Santa Barbara and at the Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles. Reuben was the Choreographer, Instructor, and Dancer for Cal State Los Angeles for the Armenian International Folk Song and Dance Ensemble, presenting dances from Armenia, Greece, and Russia. He also was the Choreographer, Instructor, and Dancer for the Armenian Cultural Association of New York City.

1973 to 1976

Reuben was an Instructor at various folk dance centers, including The Intersection in Los Angeles, Gypsy Camp in Hollywood, Open Circle in Long Beach, and Zorba's in North Hollywood, teaching classes and special workshops of Armenian, Greek, Romanian, and Russian dances.