They’re talking about the “My Armenia” Pan-Armenian Festival…

Twelve-year old Karen Grigoryan is a member of the Areni Dance Ensemble in Tuapse, Russia. He was very happy when he found out that he was going to be performing in Armenia. He was also happy to be spending his summer vacation in the Homeland since he feels great in Armenia. Out of all the Armenian dances that he has learned, the “Kochari” and “Sevan” dances are his favorite dances.

After his performances, he will leave for Tatev since he has heard a lot about the Tatev Monastery and definitely wants to see it.

Mariam Sargsyan has been a member of Lipeck’s Krunk Dance Ensemble for the past four years. Krunk Dance Ensemble is adjunct to the local Armenian school. At first, Mariam had difficulty with learning how to dance, but now she has overcome the difficulties and attends the dance lessons with pleasure. The “Shalakho” and “Kochari” dances are special for her, and she always performs those dances with pleasure. Mariam also informed that the Armenian community of Lipeci often organizes events during which Krunk Dance Ensemble performs its beautiful dances.

Mariam says she was excited to participate in the “My Armenia” Pan-Armenian Festival and that the festival serves as a good opportunity to establish contacts with the members of other dance ensembles and exchange experiences.

In the end, Mariam said she feels great in Armenia. In spite of her busy schedule, she doesn’t feel tired and even takes strolls at Republic Square with her friends. She has even performed Armenian dances at Republic Square.

Arpine Movsisyan is also one of the members of Tuapse’s Areni Dance Ensemble. At first, she didn’t manage to combine classes with her dance lessons, but she loves Armenian dances and decided to attend the dance lessons and become more familiar with Armenian culture. Arpine informed that there is a healthy atmosphere, the members understand each other, and their dance instructor shows an individual approach to everyone.

Arpine is very happy to be in Armenia and to be surrounded by Armenians. She already loves and appreciates the “My Armenia” Pan-Armenian Festival organized by the RA Ministry of Diaspora. Arpine says she’ll never forget the solemn opening ceremony of the festival, as well as her performance in Oshakan village and the “Gyughi Tatik” (Grandmother of the Village) event. In the future Arpine has decided to become a nurse, but promises to not leave dance behind.

Gevorg Chichyan

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