Amraa (Odgerel Amarjargal) was born in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia in 1979. Passionate about the arts, Mongolia’s former President Tsendenbal’s Russian wife Filatova established the Mongolian College of Dance and Music in Ulaanbaatar. Based on the strict Russian system, it focuses on ballet and Mongolian traditional dance. Amraa spent five years of long, hard and often brutal training there, developing into a beautifully elegant ballet dancer and exceptional Mongolian traditional dancer. Master Teacher Nina Osipyan, former principal dancer with the Moscow State Theatre, said simply of Amraa: ‘she has something that the other girls don’t have.’
After graduation Amraa was invited to join a Mongolian dance company and danced in Korea and Japan showcasing Mongolian culture. The life of a dancer is short and those who can make a good living from it in Mongolia are rare. Amraa still had a great love of dance and Mongolian culture and began to rebuild her dancing career, dancing at the Tsaagan Sar (Mongolian New Year) festivities in South Melbourne and various fund raising events.
Amraa was asked to dance at the Melbourne Recital Centre as part of the Under an Eastern Moon program in August 2011. In November she was invited by the Mongolian Ambassador to Australia to perform at the Old Parliament House in Canberra as part of a showcase event celebrating the anniversary of the Great Mongolian State.
Amraa has recently teamed up with Sydney-based Mongolian Horse Head Fiddle (Morin Khuur) player and throat singer Bukhchuluun Ganburged. Both are graduates of the Mongolian College of Dance and Music and have a strong knowledge base of Mongolian traditional songs and dances. They have performed together on numerous occasions, most recently at gala fundraising event for the Christina Noble Foundation at the Sofitel Melbourne Ballroom which was attended by the Mongolian and Vietnamese Ambassadors. Amraa and Bukhu together provide a fascinating 45 minute set of Mongolian music and dance, combining their talents in the rhythmic Morin Khuur dances and showcasing their extraordinary individual skills. This is a unique act for Australia and a remarkably powerful and strikingly different option for corporate and other functions.
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