S ix-year-old Almaty dancer Sofie Manasyan won two prizes at the Constellation of Vienna: Music, Harmony, Art international festival, a celebration of children’s and youth creativity, which took place in Vienna from June 28 to July 3. The young dancer received an award in the choreography category and was also given a special prize, The Golden Hope. Manasyan performed three dances at the competition, including Kazakh and Indian folk dances.
This is not Manasyan’s first victory: she has already earned international acclaim at different international dance competitions and beauty pageants. She began studying dance at the age of two and has been appearing on international stages since then, under the guidance of her choreographer, Ekaterina Gramidova. She was an honoured guest at the 2013 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Her first success came at the 11th Moscow Meets Friends international festival for young musicians, where she astounded the jury and the audience with Kazakh folk dances. In addition to dancing, Manasyan also takes singing classes, plays piano and draws.
The Constellation of Vienna Festival is an annual event supported by the Ministry of Culture of Austria. This year, the contest gathered young talents from 16 countries to compete in three categories: vocal, choreography and musical instruments.