Sona Kharatian grew up in Yerevan Armenia.She always felt comfortable on stage.Watching her parents perform, made her fall in love with the ballet and start attending a local ballet school.But after she moved to the US, she realized she would have to learn the art of dancing.
When I actually came more into, you know, seeing the companies and how things work here.It was very very different, big shock, and you know,different, the way they moved was different in the company, a lot faster,so I had to adjust a lot with my training, too.But hard work at the Washington School of Ballet paid off.After only a year, Sona was invited to join the permanent Washington Ballet Company.The Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland, the main role in the land.These are just a few of her star performances.
Discipline and busy schedules, hard work and the long rehearsals.This is something old ballet dancers know far too well,but Ukraine in ballet dancer Kateryna Derechyna believes such hardships only make her stronger.Kateryna Derechyna is in her sixth season with the Washington Ballet.She moved to the U.S. in 2001.I wasn’t expecting stay how I did and work here, but I’m glad that happened, and I got opportunities to do different works,different choreography and sort of like learning first-time contemporary work and modern and jazz, and school was something completely new to me.So, it was really great.
芭蕾舞者需要承受严苛的纪律、繁忙的日程、辛勤的工作和长时间的排练，这一点她们再清楚不过了。但是来自乌克兰的芭蕾舞者Kateryna Derechyna认为，这些磨练只会让她们更加强大。Kateryna Derechyna在华盛顿芭蕾舞团参演已经有六次了。她2001年搬来美国。我以前没想过在这里生活工作，但是我很开心这一切发生了，我有机会做不一样的工作、体验不同的舞蹈艺术、第一次学习现代舞、爵士舞，学校对我来说也是全新的事物。所以，感觉真的太棒了。
But though both ballerinas now considered the U.S. their home, they wouldn’t mind returning to their motherland.Yes, I would, I mean I would love to guest or perform there.I don’t know if I would leave and back in Ukraine. I haven’t been there in a long time. I’m a kind of my life is sort of here.Dance is universal. It has universal language, and no matter where you are, if that’s what I chose to do.It is my language.So I don’t feel like this is my home or that one.As a whole I can perform here, next day I can go back and dance there or go travel anywhere and that’s I think dance unites us all and transcends all them.
In May, Washington Ballet ended its season with Giselle in which Sona played in Basildon and Kateryna Derechyna Merton.Now the company has some time off until September when the dancers will resume speaking the language of beauty and movement that everyone understands.
Karina Bafradzhian for VOA news Washington.