By Artsvi Bakhchinyan
Special to the Mirror-Spectator
YEREVAN/SHANGHAI – Vanush Babayan, the art director of Hang Zhou Great Ballet Art Culture and the director of the international line at Allegro Dance Academy is a kind of crossing point of my studies on Armenian-Chinese historical and cultural relations and the Armenians’ participation in world choreography. This young man, originally from Yerevan, has worked for China for many years, teaching hundred of Chinese children and adults the ABCs of classical dance.
Vanush, why did you prefer distant and exotic China, while the majority of Armenian ballet professionals look to the West?
There is plenty of space for choreography in China. A large number of international dance teachers and ballet masters work there. A Russian dance instructor from Harbin learned from his colleagues that there is a certain young Armenian who possesses good technique in modern ballet and also wants to teach, and invited me to work at the Dalian International School of Dancing. First I went just for a try, two months later they signed a one-year contract with me and then offered me the post of the school’s deputy director… and thus for thirteen years, I have lived and worked in China.
Are you from a ballet family?