By Tom Vartabedian
CRESSKILL, N.J. — Sosy Krikorian Kadian was a true devotee of dance, feeling it, embracing it and teaching it. She loved it and loved teaching it to younger generations and imparting the joys of moving to the beat.
That’s how I shall remember this magnificent Armenian. That is how we shall all cherish her friendship. She put the “class” in classic; she was the grand dame of her genre.
Her death on August 12 closes the chapter on the life of an iconic Armenian who served her ambassadorship through dance and the arts. She was 87 but never used her age as an excuse to refrain from a solo or a dance class.
I caught up with her a few times, whether it was aboard a cruise ship or at the Poconos during Armenian Week. While most of us were there to kef the night away, Sosy came with a mission. Like the Pied Piper, she would summon the children to her side and teach them the rudiments.
Gradually, these same youngsters grew into adulthood and brought their own kids to Sosy.