OUR BELOVED FOUNDER: HARRY H. SAROYAN
May 16, 1940 – September 27, 2016
Harry’s love, devotion and contributions to the Middle Eastern arts has made him one of the most influential men in the Belly Dance world. Recipient of numerous awards, including “Lifetime Achievement Award” from Double Crown Productions, “MECDA Hall of Fame,” and an Honored Professional in the “National Register’s Who’s Who,” and his most recent award from “The Chronicles Magazine,” Lifetime of Dedication, Achievement, and Contribution to the Art of the Middle Eastern Dance and Music.
A businessman for over 50 years, Harry was the designer and manufacturer of the largest selection of exquisitely designed finger cymbals, decorative coins and scimitars. A master craftsman and a recording artist, he brought the dancers the ultimate in sound, design and selection with his line of finger cymbals and memorable recordings. He held degrees in business administration, tool design engineering and metallurgy. A consummate of Middle Eastern fine arts and music, Harry produced and directed major Middle Eastern show productions from early ’70s to mid ’80s. He has served as a senior judge for dance competitions and occasionally a contributing writer for dance publications.
He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and the entire bellydance community.